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Boston lawyer to receive John Minor Wisdom Award from American Bar Association


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Boston lawyer to receive John Minor Wisdom Award from American Bar Association

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, April 10, 2014 — The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will honor Boston lawyer Lisa C. Wood with its John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award. 

The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the equality of justice, will be presented during an awards luncheon Thursday, April 10, at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. Former homeland security chief Janet Napolitano will be the keynote speaker.

Named for a renowned 5th Circuit judge and civil rights pioneer, the John Minor Wisdom Award recognizes lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the quality of justice in the legal profession and in their communities by making legal assistance accessible to people with low incomes, the disenfranchised and other underrepresented groups. The award honors lawyers from all areas of practice, including career public interest lawyers, lawyers from private firms and corporate counsel.

“Lisa has devoted her entire volunteer life to access-to-justice issues,” said Don Bivens, chair of the ABA Section of Litigation. “A strong advocate for increased legal services funding, Lisa has often stated that when we fail to ensure access to justice for all litigants, we threaten our democracy and erode our character.” 

Wood is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and co-chair of its litigation department. She has been recognized in various guides as “one of the top litigators in Boston” and as a leading antitrust lawyer nationally.

She graduated from Kenyon College summa cum laude and Boston College Law School, magna cum laude. Married to Peter Michelson, deputy general counsel of the University of Massachusetts, Wood is the proud mother of two daughters, Marisa and Abigail Michelson. 

The other recipient of the 2014 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award is San Francisco lawyer Martin R. Glick, a senior litigator at Arnold & Porter who specializes in intellectual property.

The Section of Litigation, the ABA's largest practice specialty section with more than 59,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.

Editor’s note: High-resolution photo available upon request.

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