Bruce was the 1997 recipient of the Roll of Honor Award.
Bruce served as General Counsel for FTRF from 1985 until his death in 2000. From 1977 to 1982 he was the ACLU's legal director. He then founded his own firm - Ennis, Friedman, Bersoff & Ewing - which in 1988 merged with Jenner & Block.
From the OIF/FTRF 30th Anniversary Program Book: "Bruce Ennis is heralded as one of the top five lawyers in the country who practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is, in our opinion, the best among the First Amendment lawyers. He led the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and their 45 co-plaintiffs to a 9-0 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in ALA v. U.S. Department of Justice (the Communications Decency Act case). In Ennis' words, our victory was "the birth certificate of the Internet."
THANK YOU, Bruce Ennis, for your extraordinary service as General Counsel to the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Thank you for the clarity and intelligence you invariably bring to the Foundation’s legal efforts.
Thank you for the calm support and careful advice which you have provided to countless librarians, trustees, and their legal advisors when they have been faced with censorship challenges.
Thank you for your efforts to defend the First Amendment rights of all Americans, for your outstanding advocacy, for your reasoned and compelling legal arguments, and for your remarkable success as a litigator.
Thank you for your creative and able leadership of the legal team challenging the Communications Decency Act on behalf of ALA, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the broad coalition of librarians, organizations, and individuals who are committed to keeping cyberspace an uncensored celebration of human ideas and expression.
We are honored by your accomplishments and by your dedication to our most fundamental principles.
June Pinnell-Stephens, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director