The Seven Recipients of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award

Super Lawyers is proud to announce the seven recipients of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award. The Awards honor legal professionals, students, and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.

"Super Lawyers is honored to recognize and reward the pro bono efforts of the seven award recipients who went above and beyond to provide legal services to the poor, the disadvantaged, the underrepresented and the exploited," says Cindy Larson, Publisher, Super Lawyers.

"At Super Lawyers we bring visibility to excellence in the practice of law. The attorneys, firms and programs receiving the awards demonstrate such excellence in practice for those in need and serve as an inspiration to the entire legal profession."

The 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients include:

·      Steven M. Lieberman, Attorney; Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.; Washington, DC

Worked to uphold the protection of voting rights of all religious voters and expanded voter participation in all District of Columbia special elections, among many other efforts.

·      Pearl Law Group, Law Firm; San Francisco, CA

Obtained a visitor visa for an elderly Chinese woman to see her grandchild for the first time; helped an Indian spiritual leader and healer to enter the US to conduct healing workshops; and helped a father of two young children who suffers from immune system disorders successfully avoid deportation.

·      J. Robert Linneman, Attorney; Santen & Hughes; Cincinnati, OH

Fought to defend the civil rights of the protestors involved in the Occupy Cincinnati movement.

·      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Law Firm; Washington, DC

Helped secure a landmark decision for seven Somali plaintiffs who brought claims of extrajudicial killing, torture, and war crimes against General Ali Samantar.

·      West Virginia University College of Law - Clinical Law Program; Morgantown, WV

Enabled students to gain experience in multiple practice areas through the Immigration Clinic as well as the Veterans' Assistance Project.

·      Jennifer Cunha, Law Student; University of Wisconsin Law School; Madison, WI

Served as president of Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief, assisting public interest attorneys in post-disaster areas, and expanded and supported the law school's Pro Bono Program.

·      Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, Collaboration; Pittsburgh, PA

Provided direct legal service to needy families and individuals within the Pittsburgh community through its collaboration of 34 law firms and legal departments.

To learn more about each award recipient, click here and look for the special Pro Bono Digital Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine coming out in May 2013.

A special thank you to the Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards sponsor, TCF Bank.