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San Francisco lawyer to receive John Minor Wisdom Award from American Bar Association


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San Francisco 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 San Francisco lawyer Martin R. Glick 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 a 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.

“Marty Glick has devoted much of his career to defending the civil rights of the downtrodden in this country,” said Don Bivens, chair of the ABA Section of Litigation. “We are honored to recognize his commitment to the concept of ‘justice for all.’”    

Glick is senior counsel at Arnold & Porter in San Francisco, with extensive experience in a wide range of complex civil litigation matters, specializing in intellectual property.

He is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law, where he has served for 10 years on the national advisory committee. Glick is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of intellectual property law and patent law. He has been listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2004 through 2013 and in 2005 was recognized as a Top 100 Super Lawyer.

The other recipient of the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award is Boston lawyer Lisa C. Wood, co-chair of the litigation department at Foley Hoag.

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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