Winter 2004

Marna S. Tucker to Receive Section Service Award at Midyear Meeting

Former Section Chair Marna S. Tucker will be honored at the ABA 2004 Midyear Meeting as the recipient of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities 2004 "Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service" to the Section and its goals at a reception on Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 5:30 p. m. at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. The award recognizes an individual whose sustained commitment to the Section has advanced its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.

"Marna is a trailblazer for women in the profession. For more than 30 years, she has served as a role model and mentor to countless young lawyers and has worked tirelessly to give voice to women's issues within the bar and beyond," said Section Chair Joan Kessler. "The Section is privileged to have benefited from her tremendous talent and energy."
Serving as Section Chair from 1982 to 1983, Marna also served on the Section Council from 1975 to 1982 and as Section Delegate from 1986 to 1988 .

She currently serves in the ABA House of Delegates and on the ABA Coalition for Justice.

Marna has received numerous professional honors and awards, including Woman Lawyer of the Year from the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 1985, the Exceptional Achievement Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in 1985, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Award in 1993.

She was the first woman to serve as President of the District of Columbia Bar (1984-85) and President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.