St. Paul Attorney receives prestigious national award for his efforts on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse

Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                           Contact:  Jeff Dion

July 30, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                    202-467-8717

(Washington DC) St. Paul Attorney Jeff Anderson was the recent recipient of the prestigious Frank Carrington Champion of Justice Award given by National Crime Victims Bar Association; National Center for Crime Victims, at their annual summer meeting in Washington DC.  The award was presented for his extraordinary efforts to pursue justice for victims of crime through litigation around the nation.

Jeff Anderson has been an indefatigable advocate for victims of crime, and has demonstrated the highest level of passion and commitment in this practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He has set the standard for the representation of victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy, taking on the institutions that harbor the abusers and facilitate their abuse at all levels, including the Holy See, where he overcame challenges brought by the Holy See?s team of attorneys in the Ninth Circuit.  He has encouraged and inspired attorneys all over the country to take child abuse cases, and has personally advocated for many child abuse survivors on a pro-bono basis.

Mr. Anderson was named a Top 100 Lawyer in Minnesota, the 2003 Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, and one of the Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics.  He was also recognized by William Mitchell College of law as among the 100 Who Made a Difference.  In 2008, he received the prestigious Steven Sharp Public Service Award by the American Association of Justice and was a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year for the Public Justice Foundation for his advocacy in representing hundreds of survivors in southern California.  Most recently, he established a nonprofit organization to combat and prevent child abuse.

Jeffrey Anderson is an inspiration in the legal arena and has given a voice to victims of abuse everywhere.  His leadership has resulted in institutional change in the Roman Catholic Church and legislative changes throughout the country.

The National Crime Victim Bar Association is proud to recognize Jeffrey Anderson as a Champion of Justice, and applauds his contributions to the legal profession and victims of crime.

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Jeff Anderson contact:  651.227.9990



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