On May 22, Max Kampelman, retired partner and of counsel to the Firm, was presented by the National Endowment for Democracy with its Democracy Service Medal in recognition of his lifetime achievement in advancing the principles of freedom, human rights, and democracy at a ceremony held at the US State Department in Washington, DC.
Past recipients of the Democracy Service Medal include Mort Abramowitz, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Mort Abramowitz, Václav Haclav, human rights advocate and former Czech President, and Tom Donahue, previously the Secretary General of the AFL-CIO, among others.
Among those giving remarks at the ceremony, describing the central role that Max played in furthering human rights in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, were Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Senator Joseph Lieberman and Librarian of Congress James Billington. Other attendees included Congressman and Chairman of the House International Relations Committee Howard Berman, Senator Ted Stevens, and former Senator Paul Sarbanes.
The National Endowment for Democracyis a private, nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.