The National Consumer Law Center in Philadelphia awarded Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson its Champion of Justice Award Thursday.

The organization cited her work fighting predatory mortgage lending, protecting seniors from marketing abuses and "defending our basic American right to have credit card disputes resolved impartially and not through a stacked deck."

The award is named after the late Robert Drinan. The Law Center said he dedicated his life to justice and human rights as a priest, a congressman and later a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center.