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PERKINS COIE RECEIVES JUDGE LEARNED HAND AWARD FROM AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE

 PERKINS COIE RECEIVES JUDGE LEARNED HAND AWARD
 FROM AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Fortino, managing partner of the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland, announced today that the firm has received the 1992 Judge Learned Hand Award in Seattle from the American Jewish Committee.
 Perkins Coie, one of the largest West Coast law firms, has offices in Portland, Seattle and six other cities in the United States and abroad.
 Named for one of the greatest U.S. jurists and humanitarians, the award recognizes "leaders of the legal profession who, through dedication to the principles of our Constitution, have been voices of understanding and good will."
 Past awards have been given to individuals. This is the first time that the committee has recognized a firm.
 Founded in Seattle in 1912, Perkins Coie today employs more than 335 lawyers and nearly twice that many support staff in Portland; Seattle, Bellevue and Spokane, Wash.; Anchorage, Alaska; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and Taipei, Taiwan.
 Perkins Coie employees for years have served in professional and community organizations, including: United Way, Leukemia Society of America, American Bar Association, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, Corporate Council for the Arts, American Heart Association, Rotary International, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Family Law Center.
 Since its founding in 1906, the American Jewish Committee has become one of the world's prominent human relations agencies. The committee said that it "protects the rights and freedoms of Jews the world over; combats bigotry and promotes human rights for all people; defends pluralism and enhances the creative vitality of the Jewish people; and contributes to the formulation of American public policy from a combined Jewish and American perspective."
 Learned Hand wrote opinions as a federal judge in some of the 20th century's most important cases. Although never a Supreme Court justice, he is considered by many scholars to have been a greater judge than all but a few of those who have sat on that court. Appointed a federal district judge in New York in 1909, Hand was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the second circuit (New York, Connecticut and Vermont) in 1924. From 1939 until 1951, he served as that court's chief judge.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Hurst of the American Jewish Committee, 206-622-6315; or Mary Jane Pioli of Perkins Coie, Seattle, 206-583-8888/ CO: Perkins Coie; American Jewish Committee ST: Oregon IN: SU:


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