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Judge James C. Hill is Recipient of ABA’s Pursuit of Justice Award

Award recognizes commitment to access to justice

CHICAGO, May 12, 2011 — The _ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section is honoring Judge James C. Hill of Atlanta with the Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

“Judge Hill has served this profession with honor for over 60 years. His sense of fairness and passion for the law have been the hallmarks of a remarkable judicial career.  We are honored to present him with our Pursuit of Justice Award,” said section Chair Jennifer “Ginger” Busby of Birmingham, Ala.

The award will be presented to Judge Hill during the TIPS Spring CLE & Leadership Forum at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla., on May 20 at 12:15 p.m. at the section’s Leadership in Action Luncheon.

Judge Hill currently serves as senior U.S. Circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.  He was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by President Richard Nixon in 1974.  In 1976 Hill was nominated by President Gerald Ford to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and in 1981 was reassigned to the Eleventh Circuit.  Hill assumed senior status in 1989.  Prior to this, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1945 and was a private practice attorney in Atlanta from 1948-1974.

Judge Hill serves on a number of committees and professional organizations including the Judicial Conference Committee on Intercircuit Assignments; chair of the Federal Judicial Center Appellate Education Committee; American College of Trial Lawyers; _; Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Lawyers Club of Atlanta; American Law Institute; American Judicature Society; State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Judge Hill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1948 (war interrupted) and received his Juris Doctor from Emory University’s Lamar School of Law in 1948.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the TIPS Spring CLE & Leadership Forum.

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