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December 11, 2020

Louis J. Boston Jr. receives 2020 Making a Difference through Service to the Profession Award

Maryland attorney Louis J. Boston Jr. receives 2020 Making a Difference Award

CHICAGO, Dec. 11, 2020 — Louis J. Boston Jr. will receive a Making a Difference Award at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, during the virtual GPSolo 2020 Solo & Small Firm Winter Summit. The Making a Difference through Service to the Profession Award, presented by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, honors an attorney, living or deceased, who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.

Boston is an associate counsel for the office of general law in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to that, he served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Maryland in the organized crime unit.

He is a 2000 graduate of the Washington College of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army through a four-year ROTC scholarship.  He then served as a legal assistance attorney for the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York, before deploying to Iraq in 2014. Upon his return to the United States, Boston served as a prosecutor at Fort Drum and then as defense counsel in Fort Lee, Virginia. Thereafter, he served as a legal adviser and professor of acquisition law at Army Logistics University in Fort Lee.

Boston later served as chief of criminal law for the Second Infantry Division, Korea. He was selected to attend the U.S. Army JAG Graduate Course, where he earned an LL.M. with a specialty in contract and fiscal law. Later, he served as chief of criminal law for the Military District of Washington, D.C. He later served as command judge advocate for the 419th Contracting Support Brigade in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon.  He retired in 2014.

Prior to his Army career, Boston was an intern at the White House, an intern/student law clerk for Judge June L. Green of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, law clerk for the U.S.  Sentencing Commission and was an intern in two congressional offices. Click here for a photo of Louis J. Boston Jr.

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