ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Larry A. Hammond, Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit. The award will be presented in July at the Ninth Circuit’s Annual Judicial Conference in San Diego by Senior Judge Mary M. Schroeder.
Hammond is a partner with the firm of Osborn Maledon, P.A., in Phoenix, Arizona, where he specializes in commercial litigation, internal investigations, and criminal defense. He is admitted to the bars of Arizona and California, and is admitted to practice before the supreme courts of those states as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.
Although Hammond has spent more than 30 years in the private sector, he regards his two tours with the U.S. Department of Justice as among his most satisfying professional experiences. He served as an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor in 1973–74, and then returned to DOJ as the First Deputy Assistant Attorney General under Attorneys General Griffin Bell and Ben Civiletti.
Hammond earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Upon graduating from law school, he clerked for two justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Hugo L. Black and Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
Under Hammond’s leadership, Osborn Maledon co-founded the Justice Project of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice; Hammond has served as its chair since inception. The project enlists law student volunteers from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona to work to cases and case evaluations alongside criminal defense lawyers. The project has screened applications for assistance from more than 5,000 inmates and is the fifth oldest Innocence Project in America.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The award is presented at the circuit's judicial conference and recipients will be recognized in October at the 2015 American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.