Simmons Hanly Conroy employees, clients and other members of the mesothelioma community came together during the 8th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, held last month in Washington D.C.

Every year the symposium, hosted by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, provides a valuable forum for the mesothelioma community to learn about new treatment options, advocate for federal research dollars on Capitol Hill, and remember loved ones while celebrating those who still live.

This year client Larry Davis received the Meso Foundation’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award for his work organizing the South Florida Wishing Well Miles for Meso race, which has raised nearly $50,000 for the Meso Foundation.

Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, was awarded the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award, for her national advocacy efforts to ban asbestos.

Firm Partner John Barnerd also participated in a legal panel during the conference. He addressed several legal issues related to asbestos exposure, the statute of limitations and other questions.

To view the pictures from the legal panel and other conference photos, visit the Simmons Hanly Conroy Facebook Page