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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Earns Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Texas Supreme Court justice recognized for legal aid program for the poor DALLAS – Widely respected Dallas lawyer Deborah Hankinson has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the editors of Texas Lawyer in recognition of her career as a Texas Supreme Court justice and… + read more

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Former Texas Supreme Court justice recognized for legal aid program for the poor

DALLAS – Widely respected Dallas lawyer Deborah Hankinson has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the editors of Texas Lawyer in recognition of her career as a Texas Supreme Court justice and her instrumental role in providing legal aid to low-income Texans.

Now focused on alternative dispute resolution and appellate work, Ms. Hankinson was among the attorneys selected in 2016 who have made an indelible mark on the Texas legal profession. Ms. Hankinson served on the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, followed by the Texas Supreme Court, where she served from 1997-2002. While on the state’s highest court, she helped establish the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which has enabled thousands of low-income Texans to obtain legal aid in civil matters.

Since re-entering private practice in 2003, Ms. Hankinson has solidified her position as one of the state’s leading appellate lawyers as well as one of the most sought-after arbitrators and mediators in the country.

For more information about Ms. Hankinson’s work, please visit http://hankinsonlaw.com/our-team/deborah-hankinson/.

Ms. Hankinson and the other honorees will be recognized at a Sept. 13 awards ceremony at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. She and all the attorneys selected to the 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers list are profiled in the September issue of Texas Lawyer at http://www.texaslawyer.com.

Among one of the most honored appellate attorneys in Texas, Ms. Hankinson previously has been recognized by Texas Lawyer in its 2007 Go-To Guide and as one of its Winning Women in 2011. Earlier this year, she was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions listing, recognizing the top 48 alternative dispute resolution trailblazers from across the nation.

Hankinson LLP, the pre-eminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Rick Thompson Participated in Panel Discussion Entitled Ethics Jeopardy

Rick Thompson recently participated in a panel discussion entitled Ethics Jeopardy at the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice course, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. Attorney: Rick Thompson

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Rick Thompson recently participated in a panel discussion entitled Ethics Jeopardy at the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice course, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas.

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Rick Thompson Spoke at the State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course

Rick Thompson recently spoke at the State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101 course on Preparing for the Civil Appellate Board Certification Exam. Attorney: Rick Thompson

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Rick Thompson recently spoke at the State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101 course on Preparing for the Civil Appellate Board Certification Exam.

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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Earns Selection to College of Commercial Arbitrators

Accomplished lawyer selected based on arbitration experience, peer recognition DALLAS – Noted Dallas arbitrator, mediator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). Established to promote the highest standards of conduct,… + read more

Accomplished lawyer selected based on arbitration experience, peer recognition

DALLAS – Noted Dallas arbitrator, mediator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has been selected as a fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA).

Established to promote the highest standards of conduct, professionalism and ethical practices for commercial arbitrators, CCA membership is by invitation only. Selection criteria include substantial arbitration experience, and fellows must be held in high regard by their peers and those who use commercial arbitration.

A former Texas Supreme Court justice, Ms. Hankinson is among the state’s most respected alternative dispute resolution attorneys. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, where she assists in the development of initiatives, strategies and policy matters. She also is a frequent speaker on ADR topics nationwide and has co-developed continuing education courses for arbitrators addressing issues ranging from decision-making skills to managing the arbitration process.

For more information about Ms. Hankinson’s work, please visit http://hankinsonlaw.com/our-team/deborah-hankinson/.

Earlier this year, Ms. Hankinson was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions listing, which recognized the 48 top alternative dispute resolution trailblazers from across the nation. She also has been recognized among the top ADR attorneys by Texas Super Lawyers, which honored her as one of the state’s Top 3 attorneys in the state. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in arbitration and mediation, as well as appellate law.   http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/potmsearch/reprint/submission/6004412

 

Rick Thompson Presents Ethics Quiz at UT CLE

Partner, Rick Thompson, gave an interactive presentation on ethics at the 26th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. + read more

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Partner, Rick Thompson, gave an interactive presentation on ethics at the 26th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

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Deborah Hankinson Named to Best Lawyers in Dallas List for 2016

D Magazine again honors attorney for appellate, mediation, arbitration practice DALLAS – Noted Dallas appellate lawyer and strategist Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has earned recognition on D Magazine’s 2016 listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. This is the 11th time the former Texas… + read more

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D Magazine again honors attorney for appellate, mediation, arbitration practice

DALLAS – Noted Dallas appellate lawyer and strategist Deborah Hankinson of Hankinson LLP has earned recognition on D Magazine’s 2016 listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. This is the 11th time the former Texas Supreme Court justice has been recognized in the annual list based on her expertise in appellate law, arbitration, mediation and trial consulting.

Earlier this year, Ms. Hankinson was one of just 48 attorneys nationwide selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions listing, which honored the leaders and trailblazers in alternative dispute resolution. Last year, Ms. Hankinson was named a Texas Trial Legend by the Dallas Bar Association. She also has earned honors for her work from The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Super Lawyers, Benchmark Appellate, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Business Journal, Martindale-Hubbell and Lawdragon.

Among the most respected attorneys in Texas, she has been honored by such organizations as the Women’s Advocacy Project, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, American Board of Trial Advocates, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and the State Bar of Texas.

Ms. Hankinson is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association.

For more information about her work, please visit http://hankinsonlaw.com/our-team/deborah-hankinson/.

D Magazine’s 2016 listing of the city’s top attorneys was determined through peer nominations submitted by thousands of attorneys throughout North Texas. An independent panel of distinguished lawyers helped the magazine’s editors select the honorees. The complete listing is featured in the May 2016 edition of D Magazine and online at www.dmagazine.com.

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Deborah Hankinson – Dallas Opera, Board of Directors

On January 21, 2016, Deborah Hankinson was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Opera. Attorney: Deborah Hankinson

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On January 21, 2016, Deborah Hankinson was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Opera.

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Texas Supreme Court Eliminates $9.6 Million Judgment for Injured Worker Based on the Absence of a Duty

In a highly watched case regarding the duties owed by former property owners, Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, Rick Thompson, and Jennifer Stagen successfully represented Occidental Chemical Corporation and persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a $9.6 million negligence judgment awarded to a worker who… + read more

In a highly watched case regarding the duties owed by former property owners, Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, Rick Thompson, and Jennifer Stagen successfully represented Occidental Chemical Corporation and persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a $9.6 million negligence judgment awarded to a worker who was partially blinded by acid at a chemical plant years after Occidental’s sale of the plant. Specifically, the Supreme Court addressed whether a property owner who allegedly creates a dangerous condition owes a duty in premises liability to warn of the dangerous condition or to make it safe and a duty in negligence to use reasonable care not to create the dangerous condition in the first place. In answering that question in the negative, the Court rejected the notion that a property owner acts as both owner and independent contractor when improving its own property, subjecting itself to either premises-liability or ordinary-negligence principles depending on the injured party’s pleadings. Instead, the Court held that premises-liability principles apply to a property owner who creates a dangerous condition on its property, and that the claim of a person injured by the condition remains a premises-liability claim as to the owner-creator, regardless of how the injured party chooses to plead it. Because Occidental sold the property eight years before the plaintiff’s accident, the Supreme Court held that Occidental owed no duty of care as that duty had passed to its vendee. The Court therefore reversed the court of appeals’ judgment and rendered judgment that the plaintiff take nothing. See Occidental Chemical Corp. v. Jenkins, No. 13-0961, 2016 WL 82662 (Tex. Jan. 8, 2016).

 

Dallas’ Deborah Hankinson Ranked Among Top 3 Attorneys in Texas

Law partner Rick Thompson also named to 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list   Acclaimed appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator Deborah Hankinson, founder of leading appellate boutique Hankinson LLP, has been named one of the Top 3 attorneys in Texas based on nominations from fellow lawyers… + read more

Law partner Rick Thompson also named to 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list

 

Acclaimed appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator Deborah Hankinson, founder of leading appellate boutique Hankinson LLP, has been named one of the Top 3 attorneys in Texas based on nominations from fellow lawyers in the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyers, which recognizes the state’s top legal practitioners.

In addition to the Top 3 ranking, Ms. Hankinson earned her fourth selection among the state’s Top 10 lawyers in the exclusive annual listing based on her work in appellate law. Joining her on the Super Lawyers list this year is firm partner Rick Thompson, who earned his second selection to the list for his representation of clients in appellate cases.

Owned by the news publisher Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers develops its lists based on nominations from lawyers, assessments by a research team, and final evaluations from lawyers in the same practice areas.

Super Lawyers is an important honor because it relies on input from attorneys just like us,” Mr. Thompson says. “It’s gratifying to know that people who do the same legal work view us as among the best.”

Mr. Thompson, a former Texas Assistant Solicitor General, argued and prevailed in the IT-Davy case involving issues of sovereign immunity before the Supreme Court of Texas. He also played a key role in last year’s decision in Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific, a significant asbestos ruling in which the state’s high court found in favor of his client, Georgia-Pacific.

A former Texas Supreme Court justice and widely respected appellate lawyer and strategist, Ms. Hankinson also mediates disputes and serves as an arbitrator. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association.

 

Deborah Hankinson Named to The Best Lawyers in America List

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration   Prominent Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for the ninth consecutive year for her appellate work and for the first time for her mediation and… + read more

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration

 

Prominent Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for the ninth consecutive year for her appellate work and for the first time for her mediation and arbitration work.

The founder of Hankinson LLP, Ms. Hankinson is a former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. She has earned selection to Best Lawyers since 2008 and is especially pleased to be honored for a wider area of practice.

“For a while now, I’ve been putting more and more time into my mediation and arbitration practice, so it’s nice to be recognized for achievement in that area,” Ms. Hankinson says. “These kinds of tools, along with the ability to resolve disputes even before a lawsuit is filed, can provide individuals and companies with a more effective means of moving conflicts toward solutions.”

Ms. Hankinson, who sits on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association, often serves as a neutral in arbitration proceedings, and she is a sought-after mediator in sophisticated business disputes, complex torts and sensitive employment cases.

She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2014, she served as a faculty member for the College of New Judges, providing training for newly elected judges in Texas.

In 2012, she was honored by Best Lawyers as the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year, and she consistently has earned top-lawyer honors from Chambers USA and Texas Super Lawyers.

 

Improper Post-Judgment Orders Successfully Challenged on Appeal

During collection efforts against the firm’s client, the trial court signed several orders to enforce a judgment under the turnover statute. One order awarded the plaintiff attorney’s fees and costs that were incurred after the judgment had been satisfied. A second order purported to vest… + read more

During collection efforts against the firm’s client, the trial court signed several orders to enforce a judgment under the turnover statute. One order awarded the plaintiff attorney’s fees and costs that were incurred after the judgment had been satisfied. A second order purported to vest the trial court with jurisdiction over related litigation pending in other courts. Rick Thompson successfully challenged these orders on appeal. The court of appeals reversed the first order and struck the offending parts of the second order. Evans v. Frost National Bank, No. 05-12-01491-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas Aug. 11, 2015).

 

Take-Nothing Judgment in Favor of Contractor Affirmed on Appeal

Brett Kutnick and Jennifer Stagen successfully represented Triad Electric and Controls, Inc. on appeal from a take-nothing judgment rendered in Triad’s favor after a multi-week jury trial in which the plaintiff, MEMC Pasadena, Inc., sought over $25 million in lost profits allegedly sustained by MEMC’s… + read more

Brett Kutnick and Jennifer Stagen successfully represented Triad Electric and Controls, Inc. on appeal from a take-nothing judgment rendered in Triad’s favor after a multi-week jury trial in which the plaintiff, MEMC Pasadena, Inc., sought over $25 million in lost profits allegedly sustained by MEMC’s polysilicon manufacturing facility from a power outage during the construction of an expansion project. After Brett Kutnick presented oral argument, the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas in Houston rejected MEMC’s challenges to the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence and the jury charge, concluded that the evidence supported the jury’s findings that MEMC agreed to exclude consequential lost profits in its contract with Triad and was estopped from claiming otherwise, and held that the economic loss rule bars MEMC’s recovery of negligence damages from Triad. The court therefore affirmed the trial court’s judgment that MEMC take nothing from Triad. MEMC Pasadena, Inc. v. Riddle Power, LLC and Triad Electric and Controls, Inc., No. 14-13-00117-CV, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2015 WL 4628143 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 4, 2015, no pet. hist.).

 

Rick Thompson Presents at City of Dallas In-House CLE

Rick Thompson spoke to the City of Dallas’s in-house counsel at the City’s annual in-house CLE seminar on June 26, 2015. Mr. Thompson informed the in-house counsel on recent Texas Supreme Court cases of interest to local governmental entities. Attorney: Rick Thompson Subject Matter: Constitutional… + read more

Rick Thompson spoke to the City of Dallas’s in-house counsel at the City’s annual in-house CLE seminar on June 26, 2015. Mr. Thompson informed the in-house counsel on recent Texas Supreme Court cases of interest to local governmental entities.

 

Stephanie Nelson Speaks at Jury Charge Seminar at the Belo Mansion

On June 10, 2015, Stephanie Nelson was part of a three-member panel that presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled Jury Charge and Charge Conferences. The program, sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, addressed topics ranging from the procedure for submitting a draft… + read more

On June 10, 2015, Stephanie Nelson was part of a three-member panel that presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled Jury Charge and Charge Conferences. The program, sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, addressed topics ranging from the procedure for submitting a draft charge to preservation of error during formal charge conferences.

 

Dallas’ Deborah Hankinson Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Noted Dallas appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator Deborah Hankinson has been selected to the 2014-2015 listing of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This is the third Lawdragon 500 selection for Ms. Hankinson, the founder of the Dallas appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP. The… + read more

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Noted Dallas appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator Deborah Hankinson has been selected to the 2014-2015 listing of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

This is the third Lawdragon 500 selection for Ms. Hankinson, the founder of the Dallas appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP. The Leading Lawyers in America guide recognizes no more than one-tenth of 1 percent of the nation’s lawyers, making it one of the most elite recognitions in the legal profession.

The Lawdragon 500 recognition is the latest honor for the respected former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Most recently, Ms. Hankinson was recognized as a “Texas Trial Legend” by the Dallas Bar Association.

She previously has earned recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, Texas Super Lawyers, D Magazine, Benchmark Appellate, Texas Lawyer and the Dallas Business Journal.

She also has been honored by numerous professional organizations, including the Women’s Advocacy Project, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, the State Bar of Texas and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Ms. Hankinson is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the American Arbitration Association.

The 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America magazine will be published this summer and distributed to corporate counsel, private practitioners, academics and other leaders in the legal industry. The full Lawdragon 500 list can be found at www.Lawdragon.com.

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Take-Nothing Summary Judgment Affirmed in Products Liability Action

Brett Kutnick and Stephanie Nelson successfully defended a take-nothing summary judgment rendered in favor of Hankinson LLP client, Whirlpool Corporation, in a recent products liability appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The plaintiff had sued Whirlpool alleging carbon monoxide exposure… + read more

Brett Kutnick and Stephanie Nelson successfully defended a take-nothing summary judgment rendered in favor of Hankinson LLP client, Whirlpool Corporation, in a recent products liability appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The plaintiff had sued Whirlpool alleging carbon monoxide exposure from a gas range. The Hankinson appellate team persuaded the Fifth Circuit that the district court properly excluded plaintiff’s expert witnesses on causation and design defect and that summary judgment was proper on all of the plaintiff’s claims. Accordingly, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment. Macy v. Whirlpool Corp., No. 14-20603, 2015 WL 3505511 (5th Cir. June 4, 2015).

 

Deborah Hankinson Recognized in Chambers USA for Ninth Consecutive Year

For the ninth consecutive year, Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson has been recognized for her work in appellate law in Chambers USA, the respected guide to the nation’s top lawyers and law firms. With more than 25 years of experience and 150 full-time researchers… + read more

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For the ninth consecutive year, Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson has been recognized for her work in appellate law in Chambers USA, the respected guide to the nation’s top lawyers and law firms.

With more than 25 years of experience and 150 full-time researchers and editors, Chambers USA publisher Chambers and Partners is respected worldwide for its thorough guides to the legal profession. Chambers bases its rankings on thousands of phone interviews with attorneys and clients who identify those lawyers and law firms that demonstrate the top technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.

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Deborah Hankinson and Rick Thompson Named Among Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine

Rick Thompson and Deborah Hankinson again have been named to D Magazine’s annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas.  This is Ms. Hankinson’s tenth year to be included on the prestigious list and Mr. Thompson’s second year to be named. Hankinson LLP is one… + read more

Rick Thompson and Deborah Hankinson again have been named to D Magazine’s annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas.  This is Ms. Hankinson’s tenth year to be included on the prestigious list and Mr. Thompson’s second year to be named.

Hankinson LLP is one of only two firms with multiple attorneys selected to the exclusive listing based on their appellate work.

To assemble the list of the city’s top lawyers, D Magazine sought nominations from lawyers across the North Texas area.  A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers helped the magazine’s editors determine the final list of attorneys, which appears in the May 2015 issue of D Magazine.

 

 

Deborah Hankinson Teaches at Fordham University Conference

Deborah Hankinson spoke about alternative dispute resolution and its impact on trade and access to justice at a conference jointly presented by Fordham University School of Law and the American Arbitration Association entitled “Society, Commerce and Dispute Resolution: Goals for Justice and Trade.” Attorney: Deborah… + read more

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Deborah Hankinson spoke about alternative dispute resolution and its impact on trade and access to justice at a conference jointly presented by Fordham University School of Law and the American Arbitration Association entitled “Society, Commerce and Dispute Resolution: Goals for Justice and Trade.”

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Deborah Hankinson Elected to the American Arbitration Association’s Executive Committee

At the May 2015 meeting of the American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors, Deborah Hankinson was elected to the organization’s elite Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee members address Association initiatives, strategy, policy matters, finances, legal developments impacting alternative dispute resolution, and other matters related to… + read more

At the May 2015 meeting of the American Arbitration Association’s Board of Directors, Deborah Hankinson was elected to the organization’s elite Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee members address Association initiatives, strategy, policy matters, finances, legal developments impacting alternative dispute resolution, and other matters related to the work of the Association.  The Executive Committee also is delegated broad authority to act on behalf of the Association’s board.

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