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Dr. Robert McAfee to receive Edmund S. Muskie Justice Award

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PORTLAND – Dr. Robert McAfee will receive the 2010 Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award for his leadership in addressing family violence in Maine and around the nation. The award, which is named after Senator Muskie, will be presented at the Muskie Access to Justice Fifteenth Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday June 2, 2010 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The award was established in 1995 to honor Senator Muskie’s lifelong commitment to justice for low-income and elderly adults and to celebrate extraordinary citizens who share this commitment. Past recipients of this award include Sen. William Cohen, William Ryan, Sen. George Mitchell, Robert Hirshon and Charlie and Ellie Miller.

The 2010 Muskie Award recognizes Dr. McAfee for the leadership he has provided in calling attention to the problem of family violence, an issue that requires the shared commitment of health providers, employers, and legal community to address.

Dr. Robert McAfee served as an attending surgeon at Maine Medical Center for 31 years as well as Chief of Surgery and Vascular Surgery at Mercy Hospital. He was the first Maine doctor to serve as President of the American Medical Association. As President of the AMA, Bob used his influence to educate the medical community on family violence issues. He was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence and served on the Advisory Committee to the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service in the Clinton administration.

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