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June 2003 , Page 14 

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Congressmen, actors join stars of defense bar to make New York spring meeting a success

By Daniel Dodson

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Well-known actors, two Congressmen, and one of the best CLE programs in recent history helped make the NACDL spring meeting in New York a memorable one for nearly 500 defense lawyers, the largest spring meeting turnout ever.

At the Friday luncheon (May 2), NACDL presented its Champion of Justice award to the writers, director, and lead producer of The Exonerated, the hit off-Broadway play which depicts the stories of six innocent persons released after spending between two and 20 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. The awards were followed by performances of excerpts from the play by actors Marlo Thomas (That Girl) and William Jay Marshall (Billy Bathgate, The Fisher King).

The awards went to writers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, director Bob Balaban (better known for roles in movies such as Midnight Cowboy,  Gosford Park, and, currently, A Mighty Wind, and as the TV executive to whom Jerry and George pitched the “show about nothing” in Seinfeld), and lead producer Allan Buc

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