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Baker Donelson's Donna D. Fraiche Selected as 2012 Weiss Award Recipient

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(New Orleans, LA/December 17, 2012) Donna Fraiche, of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has been named a recipient of the 2012 Weiss Award by the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ).

Each year, the NOCCJ honors individuals in the New Orleans community who have made exceptional civic and humanitarian contributions in the State of Louisiana. Ms. Fraiche was among four honorres who were recognized for their outstanding community leadership and for promoting the advancement of social understanding and humanitarianism.

Ms. Fraiche, who is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices and chair of the firm's Women's Initiative committee, concentrates her practice in the representation of health care organizations and entities in major regulatory, public policy and litigation efforts. Ms. Fraiche is the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority; chaired its Long Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and Health Care Redesign Collaborative. She appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and testified during a hearing entitled, “GAO’s Analysis of the Gulf Coast Recovery: A Dialogue on Removing Obstacles to the Recovery Effort.” Since that time, she has devoted considerable effort to organizing symposium for leaders of Japan following the Great East Earthquake and to raise funds for the disaster effort. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University

NOCCJ, founded as The National Conference of Christian and Jews, is a nonprofit human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. NOCCJ provides outcome-driven dialogue, leadership development, facilitator training, and techniques that help to dismantle systems of oppression.

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