RNLA Honors Bilenda Harris-Ritter as the 2022 Recipient of the Chairman’s Award

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2022

Contact: Elizabeth El-Rassy
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RNLA Honors Bilenda Harris-Ritter as the 2022 Recipient of the Chairman’s Award

Washington, D.C. – The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to announce that its sixth Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award will be bestowed on Bilenda Harris-Ritter during the 21st National Election Law Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona on August 12-13, 2021.

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RNLA Opposes the Nomination of Nancy Abudu to the Eleventh Circuit

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, the RNLA announced its opposition to the nomination of Nancy Abudu to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The text of the letter can be viewed below. For a PDF version, click here

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RNLA Sends Letter to Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley About the Record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

RNLA sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley regarding the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson:

 

Dear Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Grassley, 

The Republican National Lawyers Association (“RNLA”) urges you to seek answers from Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the following questions during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Receiving answers to these questions from Judge Jackson is especially important due to the compressed timeline of this nomination, which does not allow for sufficient factfinding in these matters. 

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RNLA Elects New Officers for 2022

Washington, D.C. – On December 10, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) elected new officers to lead the organization. They will join the incumbent officers in leading the over 7,000-member-strong organization in 2022.

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the fall 2021 edition of The Republican Lawyer Newsletter. In this edition:

  • RNLA President David Bowsher writes about the success RNLA had in 2021 as we resumed in-person operations.

  • We recap the 2021 National Policy Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Congressmen Banks and Davis gave keynote addresses at the 2021 National Policy Conference, read more here.

  • Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker blasted the Biden Administration's approach to the Border Crisis, read more here.

  • We recap the 2021 Lawyer of the Year Reception honoring Elliot Berke.

Elliot S. Berke Honored as 2021 Republican Lawyer of the Year

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) named Elliot S. Berke of Arlington, Virginia the 2021 Republican Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Berke was selected in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and years of tireless dedication and service to the Republican Party. He will be honored at a reception in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 5, 2021.

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RNLA Honors Charles H. Bell, Jr. as the 2021 Recipient of the Betty Murphy Award

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to announce Charles H. Bell, Jr., “Chuck,” as the recipient of the 2021 Betty Murphy Award, which will be presented at the National Policy Conference on September 24, in Arlington, Virginia. Chuck is the founding partner of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP in Sacramento, California where he practices political and election law.

The Betty Murphy Award this award is given each year to an unsung hero, member, trailblazer, with entrepreneurial spirit, a community service leader, an organization builder who inspires others' efforts.

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RNLA Opposes the Nomination of Myrna Pérez to the Second Circuit

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, the RNLA announced its opposition to the nomination of Myrna Pérez to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. RNLA previously opposed Ms. Pérez’s unsuccessful nomination to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The text of the letter can be viewed below. For a PDF version, click here

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RNLA Honors Justin Riemer “for Protecting the Honesty and Accuracy of Elections”

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to announce that its fifth Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award will be bestowed on Justin Riemer during the 20th National Election Law Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 13-14, 2021.

The Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award is an award presented to individuals for nationally distinguished service to the citizens of the United States of America for protecting the honesty and accuracy of elections. It is presented in honor of the late Founding Chairman, who succeeded in significantly advancing the integrity of elections throughout his professional lifetime by founding and promoting the Republican National Lawyers Association.

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Message from RNLA President David Bowsher

It is my honor to be elected RNLA President for 2021.  While building on the work of my predecessors such as David Warrington, it is my hope to be forward-looking as we return to normalcy.  One of RNLA’s missions is to provide a network for “lawyers committed to lives of significant career accomplishment.”  Toward that end, I look forward to moving ahead with our much-delayed National Policy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration on September 24, 2021 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  I am confident that COVID-19 restrictions will be such by this time that an in-person event with proper precautions can occur.  

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