ABA Presidential Citations Recognize Outstanding Leadership, Commitment to ABA and Legal Profession

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2012 — The _ presented the inaugural Presidential Citation awards at the ABA Annual Meeting this week in Chicago.

President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III awarded eight citations to recognize noteworthy contributions to the legal profession and the ABA, and outstanding leadership qualities, among other factors. The citations also honored the work of several military lawyers for their “superb stewardship of military legal assistance programs and their outreach to those administering ABA pro bono programs,” Robinson said.

Following are the 2012 award recipients:

Thomas Z. Hayward Jr. received recognition for his leadership and commitment to the ABA and its staff. As chair of the ABA Chicago and Washington, D.C., Space Committee, he secured prime office space for the association in both cities. In addition to the Presidential Citation, one of the conference rooms at the ABA headquarters in Chicago will be named in Hayward’s honor.

Mary McQueen, president of the National Center for States Courts, was recognized for her efforts in the ABA’s initiative addressing the state court underfunding crisis in the United States. McQueen has also served as co-chair of the ABA Justice is the Business of Government Task Force, which focuses on developing solutions to the funding problems. “Mary and the NCSC have been critical partners with the ABA in helping to promote a national dialogue about the plight of our underfunded state and federal justice systems,” Robinson said.

Walter Sutton, general counsel at Wal-Mart Stores, was honored for his dedication to diversity and inclusion. Within the ABA, Sutton has served in numerous positions over the years, most recently as a member of the American Bar Foundation and the Diversity Center. “Not only has he actively participated in the work of ABA groups, but he has set an example by valuing diversity in society,” Robinson said.

Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary has served as staff judge advocate to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Judge Advocate Division, since June 2008. He holds various decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Lt. Gen. Dana K. Chipman, judge advocate general for the Army, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy; Stanford Law School; the Judge Advocate General’s School; and the U.S. Army War College. In October 2009, he was promoted to his current rank.

Rear Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi has served as deputy judge advocate general of the Navy and commander, Naval Service Command, since August 2009. DeRenzi began her career in Newport, R.I., as a litigator, first as defense counsel and later as trial counsel, followed by assignments in civil litigation in Washington, D.C.

Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding, judge advocate general, U.S. Air Force, serves as legal adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Air Force. Harding oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law at every level of command.

Rear Adm. Frederick J. Kenney, judge advocate general and chief counsel, U.S. Coast Guard, is responsible for legal services in support of the Coast Guard’s missions, its units and its people. Kenney’s decorations include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the NATO Medal.

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.

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