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Civil Rights Section to present Weinglas Award to activist lawyer.

Alan Graf will be presented with the Leonard Weinglas Defense of Civil Liberties Award on Sunday, July 16, at 3 p.m., at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

The award--named after a noted New York civil and human rights attorney--is given at the Civil Rights Section meeting at ATLA's Annual Convention to recognize and honor an individual who has defended civil liberties beyond his or her duty.

A self-described "hippie lawyer" and advocate for local activists, Graf practices civil rights and Social Security law in Portland, Oregon. He is being honored for his significant legal triumphs and for dedicating his attorney fees to the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center in Portland. Graf founded the center, affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild, to provide groundbreaking solutions to the civil rights problems facing people in the Pacific Northwest.

Rep. James McDermott (D-Wash.) will speak at the award ceremony. He will discuss ongoing challenges confronting civil rights attorneys, and post-9/11 assaults on civil liberties including the Bush administration's approval of National Security Agency wiretaps on American citizens and the government's indefinite detainment of suspected terrorists without charge. McDermott, a physician, is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, a staunch supporter of civil rights, and a consistent opponent of tort "reform."

The Civil Rights and Employee Rights sections will hold a joint reception honoring Graf at the convention center immediately following presentation of the award.
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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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