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By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
A number of legal luminaries received awards at NACDL’s Annual Meeting in Miami Beach July 28-29.
Among the all-stars were such notables as former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who was surprised with NACDL’s Champion of Justice Award before her keynote address at the Friday luncheon, and Senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler, who was recognized with the association’s Judicial Recognition Award.
Others honored included Norman Lefstein, acclaimed as 2005’s Champion of Indigent Defense, Joshua Dratel, who received the 2006 Robert C. Heeney Award, and Robert W. Ritchie, NACDL’s much-missed late past president (1983-84), who received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award that was accepted by his former partner W. Thomas Dillard.
In addition, the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was recognized with a Presidential Commendation from Barbara Bergman for its extraordinary death penalty work, now in its sixth year, in South Carolina.
Janet Reno: Champ
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