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American Bar Association

ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Midyear Meeting 2004


The American Bar Association
Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Presents the 2004




For her sustained commitment to the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.

As a member of the Section Council from 1975 to 1982, Section Chair in 1982-1983, and Section Delegate from 1986 to 1988, Marna Tucker was one of the Section's strongest advocates, bringing unequalled talent and energy to the Section, its activities, and its goals. Under her leadership as Chair, the Section advocated for passage of an ABA resolution urging the prohibition of discrimination in private clubs that derive a substantial portion of their income from business sources. Along with other entities, the Section also advocated for immigration reforms, helped establish the ABA Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, and promoted a national pro bono effort to assist Haitian immigrants.

Since then, Marna has continued to champion Section goals. Of particular note have been her efforts on behalf of women in the legal profession, to whom she has been as a generous mentor, supportive friend, and reliable colleague. Many women who now are leading lawyers in their respective fields of practice, local and state bars, the Section, and the ABA have benefited from Marna's dedication to advancing equal opportunity within the legal profession.

Her own achievements within the profession speak for themselves. She was the first woman to serve as President of the District of Columbia Bar (1984-1985) and President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents; was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and received the Exceptional Achievement Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in 1985; received the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Award in 1993; and served as Chair of the ABA Commission on Public Understanding about the Law in 1979-1982, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline in 1987-1990, and Co-chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence in 1995-1997. She continues to provide leadership to the ABA as a member the House of Delegates and the Coalition for Justice.

In recognition of her distinguished service to the Section and its goals of advancing civil and human rights for all, it is with deep affection and respect that the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities presents the Robert F. Drinan Distinguished Service Award this 6th day of February 2004 to Marna S. Tucker.

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