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August 16, 1994

American Law Division Wins ABA Public Service Award

The American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress is the 1994 co-recipient of the American Bar Association's Hodson Award. The purpose of the award, presented by the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division of the ABA, is to "focus a national spotlight on an outstanding government or public sector law office."

The American Law Division was one of 24 nominees from federal, state, local goverment and public sector law offices. The award citation reads "in recognition of sustained extraordinary service and achievement in the field of public law." (The other winner is Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.) This was the second year in which the Hodson Award was presented.

"Given the enormous legal talent that resides throughout the public sector and the highly competitive nature of this award, it is particularly noteworthy that the legal community recognized the caliber and quality of the services the American Law Division provides to Congress," said James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress.

The director of the Congressional Research Service, Daniel Mulhollan, added that the American Law Division's "tradition, service and the skill with which it is delivered, are a priceless asset that has earned the division well deserved respect."

The American Law Division functions as a law office for Congress. With a staff of 65 attorneys, paralegals and library and support staff, the division provides legal advice, analysis and information to Congress. The division has specialists in constitutional, administrative, tax, international, civil rights, health and criminal law, among others.

From 1989 to 1993, the American Law Division processed more than 147,000 legal inquiries. During this period the division produced more than 3,200 reports and confidential opinions and analyses.

The CRS works exclusively and directly for all members and committees of Congress in support of their legislative, oversight and representative functions. This department of the Library of Congress provides research, analysis and informational services that are objective, nonpartisan and confidential.

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PR 94-139
8/16/94
ISSN 0731-3527

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