New York, NY, October 21, 2015 … Michael Lieberman, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Washington Counsel, was honored today with the Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service for “Outstanding Contributions to Combat Hate Crimes.” The Award is the top public service award granted by the Department and is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations that have assisted the Department in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives.
One Meritorious Public Service Award is being presented this year.
“Improving federal and state response to hate violence is a signature issue for us, and we are very proud of Michael and honored to receive this great recognition of our leadership work on the issue,” said Marvin Nathan, ADL National Chair. “We have been privileged to lead a broad coalition of civil rights, religious, law enforcement, professional, and civic organizations that have worked together to improve federal and state response to hate crimes.”
ADL professionals wrote the first model hate crime statute in 1981, helped to lead efforts to enact and implement the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990, and led advocacy efforts, for more than a decade, to secure enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009. The League has also played a leadership role in defending the constitutionality of these laws, crafting coalition amicus briefs in federal and state hate crimes cases.
“Michael has been the key point person for us on hate crime issues and has been our chief strategist and liaison to the Justice Department and the FBI on these important issues,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO.
Mr. Lieberman has been the ADL Washington Counsel since 1988. He previously served as ADL Midwest Civil Rights Director in Chicago and started his career on the staff of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Regional Office, then in Columbus.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have enacted hate crime laws. ADL recently launched 50 States Against Hate, an initiative to strengthen hate crime laws and improve hate crime education, awareness, and training for law enforcement and community groups, alongside a broad coalition of partner agencies.