Washington, DC, 11 March 2010 – Mayer Brown partner Simeon M. Kriesberg received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the Washington office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The award, which is given annually to a member of the legal profession who has combined extraordinary professional accomplishments with distinguished community service, was presented to Mr. Kriesberg at a dinner and reception at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. The award is named for Billings Learned Hand, a legendary US judge and legal philosopher.

Mr. Kriesberg received this honor for his more than three decades of commitment to building bridges among people of different faiths, races and backgrounds, including: serving as President of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; launching the Leadership for Diversity Initiative of the National Coalition Building Institute; and leading the Campaign for New Community, a project to encourage mutually supportive relationships between neighborhoods and service providers. 

Mr. Kriesberg has been an active participant and supporter of Jewish civic and charitable organizations, serving as a director and officer of: AJC’s Washington Regional office; the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center; the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; and the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He also is a member of the AJC’s Inter-religious Relations Commission, which guides AJC’s global inter-religious activities. 

“Simeon has mastered the gift of outreach and inclusion of all faiths and communities,” said Andrew H. Marks, President of AJC Washington. “His modest nature, combined with an ever-persistent, caring and scrupulous character, is why AJC has chosen to honor Simeon in Judge Learned Hand’s name. Simeon embodies the life of the great Judge and all that AJC believes is important.”   

Mr. Kriesberg, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Government & Global Trade Group, was one of the initial 25 Americans to be appointed by the US Government to serve in dispute resolution panels under the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and was reappointed to serve under NAFTA. He also has been a Professorial Lecturer at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

“Simeon exemplifies the finest that our profession has to offer,” said Mark W. Ryan, former Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington office. “His dedication and commitment to enhancing the community through outreach and understanding have been exceptional. We are truly proud to call Simeon a partner and offer our congratulations for this outstanding recognition of his efforts.” 

Previously, Mr. Kriesberg has been honored with the Pro Bono Service Award from Global Rights and with the Lawrence L. O’Connor Medal, the highest award given to corporate counsel within the Sears corporate family.