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December 20, 2006

Bopp turns cover boy for national legal issues mag

TERRE HAUTE — It’s a nickname not heard since his fraternity days in Kappa Sigma while attending Indiana University, and needless to say, it brought a chuckle to James Bopp Jr. when he saw the cover of the November issue of the ABA Journal.

The cover reads: “The BIG BOPPER, Exploding the canons of judicial ethics.”

“I didn’t think there was anybody still alive that still remembered that nickname,” Bopp said Monday in a telephone interview. “I was truly honored that the work that I have done, and other people in my law firm have done with me, would be profiled and be the featured cover article. It was very humbling.”

Bopp, 58, was preparing to meet with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about the Republican governor’s potential presidential bid. “I am just meeting with him to explore his views and I am considering supporting him, but I have not made a decision yet.”

Bopp, a Terre Haute attorney, is a national committeeman from Indiana for the Republican National Committee. He has served as general counsel for the National Right to Life since 1978.

He also operates the James Madison Center for Free Speech, with a mission statement to “support litigation and public education activities in order to defend the rights of political expression and association by citizens and citizen groups as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Bopp served as legal counsel for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel’s election campaign and is president of the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled Inc. He also serves as special counsel for Colorado-based Focus on the Family.

The ABA stands for the American Bar Association. The ABA Journal goes out to members of the ABA, which has 413,000 members providing law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law and programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work.

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