December 31, 1969
More than 100 friends of the Bill of Rights came together on November 30 at the Minneapolis Club to honor 2011's outstanding civil libertarian, Peter Lancaster, with the ACLU-MN Earl Larson Award. Lancaster, a partner at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis, has been the leader of a team of attorneys and volunteers who successfully litigated the TiZA case. (See more about TiZA in other parts of our website.) The event raised nearly $10,000 for the ACLU-MN Foundation.
Lancaster was lauded by ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson and President Vance Opperman for his strategy and tenacity in this case that has consumed more than 8,000 hours of pro bono work. Attorneys from top firms came to congratulate him, as well as did general members of the ACLU-MN who wanted to applaud this outstanding leader and his team.
Lancaster joins a constellation of civil liberties stars over Minnesota such as Judge Earl Larson, Dr. James Shannon, Vice President Walter Mondale, Judge Rosalie Wahl and last year's Larson Award Winner Tim Branson.
The event was sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney and Johnson Printing and Packaging.