The American Bar Association's Section Individual Rights and Responsibilities has announced that former FBA National President, Lawrence R. Baca, will receive the ABA's 2012 Thurgood Marshall Award at a dinner during the ABA's Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
Mr. Baca, a Pawnee Indian, is a retired civil rights lawyer and a pioneer in the fight for the civil rights of American Indians. He was the first American Indian lawyer hired by the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and, over his thirty-two year career, participated in more civil rights enforcement actions on behalf of American Indians than any other attorney in the history of the Department. On April 23, 2008, at a private ceremony in the Office of the Attorney General at DOJ, Baca was presented with the Attorney General's Medallion, the highest award that the Attorney General can present to a retiring employee.
He served as president of the Federal Bar Association from 2009-2010.
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