April Super Lawyers Magazine Editorial Review
Latham & Watkins and Doucet & Associates Named Pro Bono Recipients
April is a busy month for Super Lawyers with the release of four magazines: 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine and 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.
Be sure to check out our front cover piece on employment and labor attorney Paulette Brown from Locke Lord Edwards. She spoke with us about the responsibility that comes with her historic, upcoming role as the first African-American female president of the American Bar Association. Brown also shared her advice for women of color in the law, including:
- Get as much exposure to as many people as you can
- Ask for immediate feedback about your work
- Know what your reputation is-perceived or actual-at all times within your organization
In this issue, Lorelie S. Masters of Perkins Coie talks about her insurance practice and her ultimate comfort-zone departure: running in 2014's historic D.C. attorney general election. You might have caught Caplin & Drysdale's Trevor Potter on Comedy Central-he helped Stephen Colbert's Super PAC navigate federal election law. Below is an excerpt from our interview with Trevor Porter on his relationship with The Colbert Report.
Q: Literature suggests you're a very serious Republican lawyer, but on TV, I've watched you tell Stephen Colbert that killing a ham in the likeness of Karl Rove won't get him in trouble. Which guy are you?
A: I'm a lawyer who loves the law, and loves thinking through these issues, but understands that sometimes the answers appear crazy. The joy of working with The Colbert Report was that Stephen freed me up to acknowledge that there is humor and irony in how all of this is interpreted. I enjoyed watching him sort through the puzzle box and figure out how things worked.
In our "Word for Word" section we posed the question, "What's you favorite legal film and why?" See the response of Ellen Kontos-Miller, partner at Jenkins Fenstermarker, below.
"I hated geology class. It was boring, boring business...until the instructor put on Erin Brockovich. I was taken with the idea that one day, an attorney could work on a simple car-wreck case; and the next day, a case could require that same attorney to learn about hexavalent chromium, water tables and how pollutants could cause cancer. I was always pretty interested in learning about everything-except geology, of course-so I liked the idea of any always-changing profession. Now that I'm a lawyer, it's my favorite part of the job."
Our front cover features M. Malissa Burnette, of Callison Tighe & Robinson, who has a history of not backing down from anyone. Burnette's current cause is one of the hottest civil rights issues in the country-same-sex marriage.
Working closely with Callison Tighe colleague Nekki Shutt on behalf of the South Carolina Equality Coalition, Burnette is a lead attorney and spokesperson in Condon v. Wilson. The suit asks South Carolina to abide by the ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer, which declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. In that case, the plaintiffs won in district court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.
Also stay tuned for the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine which comes out later next week and provides an oral history of civil rights and the African-American bar 60 years after Montgomery.
We hope you enjoyed this review of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.
Future of Content: The Power of Video
One firm helps low income families in foreclosure defense cases, the other works to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors. Read below to learn more about the firm recipients of our 2014 Pro Bono Awards.
DOUCET & ASSOCIATES CO., L.P.A.
Doucet & Associates is one of the most recognized foreclosure defense and consumer law firms in Ohio. 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. "When someone needs help but can't afford to pay, we'll be in a good position to assist," Doucet explains. "This is much better than turning away those in need."
The firm's pro bono attorney is completely focused on helping low income families solve their legal problems at no or little cost, primarily in the areas of tenant representation and consumer law. The lawyer helps people avoid eviction, recover deposits, enforce lease terms, and ensure tenants have a safe and habitable place to live.
Is there a certain bond you have with the community there that motivates you to help those in need?
"I have been through a lot in life, including bankruptcy and foreclosure, so I try to remain open and empathetic that everyone's challenges will be different. My life experiences have also led me to a strong sense that going through hardships does not mean someone else gets to walk all over you. This blends into an attitude that I have an obligation to help the community, especially those vulnerable to being taken advantage of by others."
-Troy Doucet, Esq. Firm Principal
LATHAM & WATKINS LLP
Latham & Watkins is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. The firm's Holocaust reparations program has helped more than 400 Holocaust survivors since 2004. Over the past decade, close to 350 lawyers across Latham's offices in the United States and Europe have helped 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. The money allows their clients, who are in their eighties or older, to receive necessary medical care, provide for their families, and live the remainder of their lives in dignity.
As a large firm what keeps bringing you back to helping those underrepresented?
"Providing pro bono service is intrinsic to our practice of law and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring our professional skills to bear in this way. While our firm strongly believes in the ethical obligation to serve the underserved, our lawyers and professional staff thrive as they engage and benefit in equal measure."
-Wendy Atrokhov, Public Service Counsel
Congratulations again to all our 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients. We invite you to read more about them here and watch for the Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine coming out in May!
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