Miami attorney Ira Leesfield received the “2001 Jurisprudence Award” from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at the Annual Jurisprudence Award Luncheon. His ongoing commitment to human rights, civil liberties and public interest litigation is exemplified by his appointment to the U.S. Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in 1998 by President Clinton, who will present the luncheon’s opening remarks via videotape. “Ira Leesfield has worked hard to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry, and promote respect among diverse groups in America and the world,” said Luncheon Chair Sonny Holtzman (pictured below). Upon learning that Leesfield was to receive the award, President Clinton offered the following remarks: “Ira’s work before Congress, federal agencies and in the private sector led to a comprehensive commission report on Nazi looted art and assets located in America. This work followed his earlier efforts revitalizing the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In addition, his work in South Florida for the less fortunate is well known in Washington. The Jurisprudence Award recognizes outstanding national leaders who bring people of diverse backgrounds together to fight bigotry and discrimination. These ideals were a bedrock of my presidency and remain the basis of a continued working friendship with Ira…”
Ira Leesfield received the “2001 Jurisprudence Award” from the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), presented by Luncheon Chair Sonny Holtzman.