Federal Bar Association Announces 2016 Recipients of the Organization’s Top Honors and Awards

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Sept. 12, 2016

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Federal Bar Association Announces 2016 Recipients of the Organization’s Top Honors and Awards

Arlington, VA - Since 1920, the Federal Bar Association has dedicated itself to promoting the interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The FBA is committed to strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of law students; federal practitioners, both public and private; the federal judiciary; and the public.

The extraordinary work of FBA members includes not only what they do for their colleagues and law firms but the contributions they make to the communities in which they live and work. To continue its advocacy and leadership-focused mission, the FBA is proud to announce this year’s award recipients.

Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service
The Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service is presented as a lifetime contribution award to an FBA member who has displayed long-term outstanding achievement, distinguished leadership, and participation in the activities of the association’s chapters, sections, and divisions throughout the nation over a career of service. This is the highest award the organization confers on an individual.

Hon. Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Judge for the Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida, has maintained the highest standards of dedication, service, and excellence in federal court practice. She has long been the driving force behind the Tampa Bay Chapter of the FBA and has been an integral part of the chapter’s many successful programs, events, and educational outreach. For well over 20 years, she has provided dedicated and honorable service to the FBA, both nationally and locally. Judge Kovachevich is truly a fitting candidate for the FBA’s highest honor.

Hon. Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award
Named after the distinguished federal district judge from Dallas, Texas, the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award was created to honor that man or woman who promotes the advancement of civil and human rights and who exemplifies Judge Hughes’ spirit and legacy of devoted service and leadership in the cause of equality. This award is presented each year to an attorney or judge whose career achievements have made a difference in advancing the causes that were important to Judge Hughes, who was a pioneer in the fight for civil rights, due process, equal protection, social concerns, and the rights of women.

For 45 years, Judge Michael J. Davis has had a passion for equal access and equal justice for all. His lifelong commitment to and pursuit of equal access and equal justice for all shows through his work with the Legal Rights Center, Neighborhood Justice Center, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, and throughout his 11 years as a state court judge in Hennepin County. This flame burned bright as the editor in chief of the comprehensive and influential Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Bias Task Force report issued in 1993. Judge Davis is the first African American judge appointed to the District of Minnesota and, in 2008, he became the first African American Chief Judge of the district. He has made groundbreaking achievements and sustained a body of work in the area of civil rights, due process, and equal protection.

Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award
The Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award was established as a memorial to honor the outstanding and generous contributions made by “Boots” Fisher to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all persons. The award is intended to stimulate, encourage, and recognize exemplary community, public, and charitable service by FBA members. This year’s honoree fully embodies the personal achievements that serve to provide inspiration and hope to others as well as a steadfast approach to far-reaching community, public, and charitable actions.

Hon. Dan A. Polster was selected for his outstanding contributions to the Ohio community; for well over 25 years, he has provided dedicated and honorable service to the FBA, both nationally and locally. Throughout all his time as an FBA member, Judge Polster has inspired countless members throughout the country to not only become a leader of his local chapter but also to join him in becoming an active voice in the national organization. He has considerably added to the association as a whole and demonstrated exceptional philanthropic leadership in his/her community outreach endeavors.

We congratulate these outstanding FBA members on their well-deserved recognition!

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The Federal Bar Association is a professional association committed to strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary, and the public they serve. The association consists of more than 18,000 individuals—federal lawyers in both public and private practice, members of the federal judiciary, and law students—who work together toward this goal. Follow the FBA at www.fedbar.org, www.facebook.com/FederalBar, and on Twitter @federalbar.