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Pennsylvania Bar Association Public Utility Law Section to Honor Popowsky

HARRISBURG (May 22, 2012) - The Pennsylvania Bar Association Public Utility Law Section will present its Christianson Award to Irwin A. "Sonny" Popowsky, Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania, on May 30 during the Public Utility Bench Bar Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton.

The award is named in honor of Robert A. Christianson, a former chief administrative law judge for the Public Utility Commission, and recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, improvement and advancement of the profession of public utility law.

Popowsky has served as the Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania since 1990 and has worked at the Office of Consumer Advocate since 1979. He has argued utility rate cases before numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and has helped shape legislative changes in consumers' interests.

Popowsky is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

More information about the Public Utility Bench Bar Conference is available on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute website: http://www.pbi.org.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 28,000 lawyers who are members of the association.