IB Members Making a Difference; Honored by Justice Association

As busy people, it’s easy to forget about all the good that people actually can do.

To that end, at last month’s American Association of Justice’s (AAJ) annual convention, several Injury Board members were honored for their work outside the courtroom.

For their advocacy work for AAJ, IB members Brian Galligan (Des Moines, IA) and Christopher Nace (Washington, D.C.) were honored with AAJ’s Wiedemann & Wysocki Award.

According to AAJ, Galligan and Nace “were critical in membership recruitment, fundraising and issue advocacy for AAJ” and received the award “for going above and beyond their commitments to the principles of the civil justice system and AAJ’s mission.”

Since 2006, other IB members who have also received the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award include:

– Mary Alice McLarty (Dallas, TX)
– Fayrell Furr Jr. (Myrtle Beach, SC)
– Sol Weiss (Philadelphia, PA)
– Rob Sachs (Philadelphia, PA)
– IB Members of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association

In addition to Galligan‘s and Nace’s honors, fellow IB member Greg Cusimano (Gadsden, AL) received AAJ’s Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award. He is also a past recipient of the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award.

The Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award is presented annually by the association’s Stalwarts/Hall of Fame Committee to an AAJ member “with outstanding integrity and overall character who has made outstanding contributions to the civil justice system, to the public good and welfare, to advancing AAJ’s mission and growth, to trial advocacy, and to the legal profession generally.”

Cusimano received the award in recognition of numerous accomplishments, including coediting ATLA’s Litigating Tort Cases and the two-volume Alabama Tort Law; lecturing frequently on national, state and local CLE programs; designing several CLE programs exclusively for AAJ members; co-creating the Commanding the Courtroom DVD series; serving as co-chair of AAJ’s Blue Ribbon Committee to study juror bias; and holding several other leadership positions with the association.

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