NABL Awards

NABL Announces 2017 Award Recipients

The National Association of Bond Lawyers has announced two recipients of NABL’s prestigious awards.

The Bernard P. Friel Medal recognizes distinguished service in the field of public finance. The Friel Medal will be awarded to NABL’s Director of Governmental Affairs Bill Daly who is retiring at the end of 2017.  President-Elect and Awards Committee Chair Sandy MacLennan said, “The public finance community and NABL, in particular, have greatly benefitted from Bill Daly’s experience and dedication over the course of his career which includes working on behalf of issuers, bankers and lawyers.”

The Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award recognizes extraordinary service to NABL over an extended period of time. The Kiel Award will be presented to Fredric A. Weber of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office.  “Rick Weber’s contributions to NABL are countless and span more than three decades of committed service to the organization, including leading NABL as President in 1991-92, assuming the editor’s chair for The Bond Lawyer in October of 2015, and his continued willingness to volunteer for new NABL projects (particularly securities law comment projects).  It is an honor to present this well-deserved award to him," said MacLennan.

The awards will be presented during NABL’s Annual Membership Meeting at the 42nd Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, October 4, 2017 at the Fairmont Chicago.  In addition to Committee Chair MacLennan (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Tampa, FL), the 2017 NABL Awards Committee was composed of: Vice Chair, Cliff Gerber, (Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, San Francisco, CA); Ken Artin (Bryant Miller Olive P.A., Orlando, FL); Scott Lilienthal (Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC); and Kathleen McKinney (Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.,  Greenville, SC).   

The Bernard P. Friel Medal honors distinguished service in public finance and was established in 1982 in honor of NABL’s first President. Nominees need not be NABL members but may not be current members of the NABL Board of Directors. A list of past recipients of the Friel Medal can be found here.  

The Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for distinguished service to NABL over an extended period of time. Frederick O. Kiel served as NABL's fourth president and was editor of The Bond Lawyer for twenty-five years. A list of past recipients of the Kiel Award can be found here.