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ABA and 2 former ABA presidents to receive Medal of Honor from World Jurist Association

The American Bar Association and two former ABA presidents will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor from the World Jurist Association for their work promoting the rule of law around the world.

The medal will be presented to the ABA, Patricia Lee Refo, and Hilarie Bass at the World Law Congress today, Dec. 3, in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Refo is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix. She is immediate past president of the ABA, serving from 2020-2021. Bass is president and founder of the Bass Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, based in Miami, and was ABA president from 2017-2018.

“The rule of law is the most powerful force on earth to ensure the essential human rights of men and women,” Refo said. “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the ABA and all who defend the rule of law every day.”

Bass said, “It is the duty of lawyers throughout the world to be a voice for the voiceless and to ensure justice, especially in difficult circumstances. I accept this award on behalf all lawyers who defend liberty and human rights.”

The World Jurist Association is dedicated to pursuing a world ruled by law, not force. It was founded in 1963, in part through the work of the ABA, as a place where judges, lawyers and others work to strengthen the rule of law and its institutions. It is a nongovernmental organization with special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

ABA President Reginald Turner will give brief remarks at the World Law Congress via video. Bass will read an act granting the WJA’s World Peace & Liberty Award to Colombian democracy. Bass and Refo also will participate in person in a panel called “COVID-19: Boon or Detriment to Gender Equality?”

In February 2020, the World Jurist Association honored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg by presenting her with the association’s highest honor, at the ABA’s Washington offices. The World Peace & Liberty Award recognized Ginsberg’s lifetime of work supporting the rule of law.


RBA planning holiday party for December 9

The Rochester Bar Association will host its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Great Oaks Country Club, 777 Great Oaks Blvd. in Rochester.

Friends and family of members are welcome. The RBA will provide light hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar available. Complimentary valet will be available.

For additional information or to register for the party, contact Deborah Fordree at debbie@fordreelaw.com.

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