Linda B. Schakel, a partner in Ballard Spahr's Public Finance Department, has received the Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Bond Lawyers. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the NABL over an extended period.

Ms. Schakel has served as NABL's President, a faculty member, and a panelist for numerous seminars. She has participated in many tax comment projects and has written the tax column in The Bond Lawyer: The Journal of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

"This honor means a great deal to me," Ms. Schakel said. "For more than 30 years, the NABL has dedicated itself to educating attorneys on state and municipal bond law and to improving the field by commenting and advising on related legislation, rulemaking, and judicial matters."