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January/February 2011 , Page 44 

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Protecting Justice: Heeney Award Winner Ellen S. Podgor

By Quintin Chatman

Professor Ellen S. Podgor said she was “surprised and truly overwhelmed” when she won the Heeney Award in August 2010 at NACDL’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. The loud, sustained applause that greeted her as she accepted the award was a testament to the respect she has earned from NACDL members.

The Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, named in honor of NACDL’s 18th president, is given annually to the criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association.

NACDL Past President Cynthia Hujar Orr presented the award, pointing out that Podgor is an internationally respected white collar crime expert. Podgor is the author of numerous books and more than 50 articles and essays on topics including computer crime, international criminal law, prosecutorial discretion, and ethics.

Podgor gravitated to the study of law as a youngster while growing up on Long Island. “My life has always been filled with a desire to be a voice for positive chan

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