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    May 16, 2008  


Tennis, anyone? Cardinal Bank does a wonderful annual tennis event at the Country Club of Fairfax, May 19, that benefits Inova Hospital. The Bisnow gang will be there fielding a team of four former college tennis players. Care to beat us? More info.


Last night the National Building Museum seemed to glow even brighter than usual in the presence of 800 attendees, most of them female (save your lucky reporter and scattered enlightened men), at the Women's Bar Association of DC's 91st annual fundraising dinner. As we previewed yesterday, the big draw was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who won the WBA's Woman of the Year in 1994 and returned last night to accept the Janet Reno Torchbearer Award, a periodic honor bestowed only six times since being given to its namesake in 1996.


Justice Ginsburg's remarks centered on the recently departed Mildred Loving, petitioner in the Loving v. Virginia anti-miscegenation case. But the Justice was nearly upstaged by introductory remarks from husband Martin, Georgetown Law professor and of counsel at Fried Frank, who missed his calling as a stand-up comic. After threatening a speech on tax law, he turned to another favorite subject, revealing that he met his wife on a blind date at Cornell. Making millions of other husbands look bad, he banished her from the kitchen 30 years ago and took charge of dinner prep. The Justice wife calls him the "best baguette baker in all of DC."


At the VIP reception, we found Woman Lawyer of the Year Mary Kennard, center, General Counsel at American University. Her supporters, from left: Susan Kovarovics of Bryan Cave; immediate past WBA president Tracy Durkin of Sterne Kessler; Nancy Long (another past prez) of Huron Consulting Group; and Treasurer Jill Dash of Zuckerman Spaeder.


Kim Gandy, President of NOW, is flanked by the liveliest woman in the room (no joke), 1977 WBA president Suzanne Richards, and Ann Bushmiller of the FCC, who co-chairs the WBA's Judicial Independence Task Force. We didn't peg Ann as a daredevil, but she just went zero-gravity flying with her 15-year-old daughter at Cape Canaveral.


Here's the WMACCA crew (that the Washington Area Corporate Counsel Association, of course): Exec. Dir, Ilene Reid, past president (and VP with Marsh) Kathy Barlow, and Robin McCune, associate GC with Strayer University. You can't tell from Ilene's relaxed smile that she's busy prepping for WMACCA's June 5th General Counsel form at the Tysons Ritz.


Couldn't leave with a picture of Jenner & Block's Lorie Masters, WBA president, here with Hon. Noel Anketell Kramer of the U.S. Court of Appeals (DC Circuit). Today, Judge Kramer is one of 55 women on the appellate bench, numbers rather improved since only a single woman held a federal judgeship when Justice Ginsberg was a 1L back in 1956.

John Ford is Bisnow's Managing Editor.  Got a story? By all means, drop him a line at john@bisnow.com.

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