February is coming to a close and we wanted to share with you a bit about the editorial subjects for the four magazines released this month: 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.
2015 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine
The front cover features the story of Atlanta celebrity divorce attorney John C. Mayoue at Mayoue Gray Eittreim. Mayoue's client roster includes Jane Fonda, Chris Rock and Marianne Gingrich, along with athletes such as Michael Jordan, David Justice, and numerous entertainers in the city's hip-hop scene: Sean Combs, Usher, and T.I. He's also repped the wives of Evander Holyfield, Chipper Jones, and Big Boi. Local media routinely describe Mayoue as the "go-to guy in high-profile divorces." This is invariably followed by the line, "He declined to comment on the case."
2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine
We are honored to tell the stories of amazing attorneys who are making a difference. In this issue, we spoke with some of the first female attorneys in the state about their journey to find their place in North Carolina law. "When I first started, I would go to meetings and I would be the only woman there," remembers Elizabeth "Betty" Quick, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's first female partner. "Now sometimes...there won't be any men there."
2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
In this issue, we feature business litigator Ken Fitzgerald, who represents the San Diego Chicken and moonlights as a trumpet player with the La Jolla Symphony. There's an old joke: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice." That's Fitzgerald as both trumpeter and lawyer. "I have never been good at improvising and thinking on my feet at trial," he says. "I am methodical and meticulous."
2015 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine
Be sure to check out our "Word for Word" section where we had some fun by posing the question "It you could go back in time and work on any case, what would it be and why"? See one the responses below.
Brown v. Board of Education
"It is hard to believe now, but the decision finding segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional, merely 60 years ago, was unpopular to the majority of the electorate in some parts of the country. If left to the voters, the integration of some public schools likely would have taken many more years or decades to achieve."
-Lewis S. Wooton /Associate, Lewis Wagner; Indianapolis; Insurance Coverage; Personal Injury General: Defense; Construction Litigation
We hope you enjoyed this sneak preview of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.
Super Lawyers is excited to announce the eight recipients of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The Awards honor legal professionals, students, schools and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.
"We are privileged and humbled to recognize the recipients of this year's Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards for their outstanding pro bono legal efforts," said Julie Gleason, Director of Research, Super Lawyers. "These eight award winners give a voice to the underrepresented through perseverance, hard work and continued encouragement for those in need."
The 2014 Award recipients are:
GARY A. UDASHEN - Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas TX
Mr. Udashen, President of the Innocence Project of Texas, helped to obtain the exoneration and dismissal of charges against Rickey Wyatt, who served 27 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit. Rickey Wyatt is the tenth wrongfully convicted person Mr. Udashen has helped to exonerate and free from prison.
KATHLEEN C. GASPARIAN - Gasparian Immigration, New Orleans, LA
Ms. Gasparian spearheaded the creation of PB&J: Pro Bono to find, train, mentor and support attorneys willing to take on cases for immigrant children who have recently crossed the U.S. Southern border and who cannot afford legal services. The project has grown to a network of almost 200 volunteers, including attorneys, interpreters, government workers and judges.
LATHAM & WATKINS LLP - Firmwide
Over the past decade, close to 350 lawyers across Latham's offices in the United States and Europe have helped Holocaust survivors secure over €1.7 million in lump-sum payments, with thousands more in ongoing monthly payments, from the German government for work performed during World War II.
DOUCET & ASSOCIATES CO., L.P.A. - Dublin, OH
Dedicated to giving back to the community, Troy Doucet, founder of the firm, decided to hire a full-time associate in 2014 to focus exclusively on pro bono matters. The lawyer helps people avoid eviction, recover deposits, enforce lease terms, and ensure tenants have a safe and habitable place to live.
ALISA FINELLI - Student at The University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN
A third year law student, Ms. Finelli, spent two months creating and developing a program connecting students with the Volunteer Lawyer Network (VLN) in St. Joseph County, Indiana and surrounding counties. The Volunteer Lawyer Network connects residents in Indiana with lawyers willing to volunteer their services. Currently, the program has increased its capacity by 50% due to Ms. Finelli's efforts.
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW - California Innocence Project, San Diego, CA
The California Innocence Project is a law school clinic at California Western School of Law dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students, and changing laws and policies in the state of California. Over the course of 2014, students worked approximately 7,280 hours culminating in the release of two wrongfully convicted prisoners.
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW - Legal Clinics, St. Louis, MO
Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014, the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics used the attention on the region to bring to light long-standing issues within the St. Louis County municipal court system. As a result of their advocacy, more than 60 municipalities participated in warrant forgiveness programs.
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (AILA), Washington, D.C.
In August 2014, AILA created the Artesia Pro Bono Project to provide representation to immigrant families detained at a remote temporary detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. Because there were no legal service providers nearby, 10-12 attorneys per week traveled to Artesia to represent women and children via video hearing in immigration court.
Congratulations again to all our 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards recipients. We invite you to read more about the winners here and watch for the Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine coming out in May!
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