ALRP Receives Forger Award from ABA
ALRP has received the American Bar Association‘s inaugural Alexander Forger Award for Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy for our contributions to HIV law and policy over nearly three decades. Executive Director Bill Hirsh accepted the award on July 21 in Washington, DC, at the American Bar Association’s AIDS Coordinating Committee sponsored conference, HIV/AIDS Law and Practice: Rights Protection through Representation.
“As the oldest legal services organization in the country dedicated to meeting the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, ALRP is extremely proud to receive this recognition from the ABA,” stated Hirsh. “ALRP’s dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteer attorneys have made a huge difference in the lives of thousands, and we intend to be there for our clients as long as they need our help,” Hirsh continued.
The award was named for Alexander Forger, who provided crucial leadership in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in establishing legal services for people with HIV/AIDS. The American Bar Association established the Alexander D. Forger Award in 2011 to recognize and celebrate lawyers and legal service providers who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of the rule of law for individuals living with HIV and to the provision of direct legal services to individuals infected with, and affected by, HIV.