2014 Pro Bono Awards Recipients Give a Voice to the Underrepresented
A look back at the March Super Lawyers Magazine releases
In our latest magazine devoted to the stories of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients, you will read about lawyers giving back and making a difference with their exceptional pro bono efforts. This is the fourth year that Super Lawyers has had the privilege to honor and recognize attorneys, firms and organizations for their pro bono work.
You'll meet Gary Udashen, who juggles his day job in criminal defense with his role as president of the Innocence Project of Texas. He works hard to free wrongfully imprisoned inmates, and he's also challenging a history of junk sciencebased convictions. And then there's Latham & Watkins, a firm using its global reach to help Holocaust survivors receive financial reparations from the German government. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of survivors in the U.S. live below the poverty line, and since 2007, some 350 attorneys have helped nearly 450 survivors find security and dignity near the end of their lives.
When protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed in August 2014, Saint Louis University's legal clinics quickly responded by challenging the police's use of tear gas on protesters. SLU Law also worked to address long simmering tensions in the city by calling for amnesty for outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenses. "For many young people, these warrants act as a barrier to housing and employment," says professor Patricia Lee.
Driven by a desire to give back, attorney Troy Doucet saw a niche that Doucet & Associates could fill in Ohio, so he created a dedicated pro bono attorney position, focused primarily on eviction cases, at his small firm. "We have a tremendous ability to do good," Doucet says. "There are few professions on the planet that enable one person to effect so much change."
In the summer of 2014, Kathleen Gasparian's Louisiana community faced an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing across the border, only to face deportation. She formed an organization to assist in immigration hearings, and by the end of the first CLE, she had more than 120 lawyers involved who represented 60 clients.
When the federal government moved some 1,200 women and children to a temporary immigration detention facility in "middle of nowhere" Artesia, New Mexico in June 2014, the American Immigration Lawyers Association responded with a flood of attorneys to provide legal assistance. By the time the government closed the facility in December, AILA was able to secure the release of more than 800 people.
Congratulations to the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients, and bravo to all of the lawyers who were nominated and those of you who provide excellent and much-needed pro bono work each day.
We invite you to learn more about all eight recipients in 2014 Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Do you know someone worthy of a 2015 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award? Nominations are now open through October 30, 2015. Learn more and nominate today at SuperLawyers.com/ProBono.
The Dream Team
As March comes to a close we wanted to recap the editorial subjects for the three magazines released this month: 2015 New York Metro - Top Women Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Magazine - Rising Stars.
Be sure to check out our front cover piece on how Kathleen M. Sullivan went from dean of Stanford Law to arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sullivan relishes the way appellate work lets her dissect a case. "A lot of times, appellate law means finding the thread, even an arcane procedural thread, that can unravel all that went wrong at trial," she says. "That's a beautiful art form. That's why appellate lawyers bring a very different set of eyes than trial lawyers do. I think we see the cases more in terms of the long-term and institutional precedents they set, which is how the court will think about them."
This issue also features a special section titled "When Life Get Legal" that highlights three brief articles on age discrimination, identity theft and divorce as it pertains to New York.
In this issue, our 10th in Colorado, we learn why the firm of Roberts Levin Rosenberg represents insurance policyholders, what Nancy Crow thinks of tax reform, when John Posthumus helped bring a patent office to Denver, and how a family law case can be fun to Cynthia Ciancio.
Also don't miss our "Word for Word" section where we had some fun by posing the question "Which U.S. Supreme Court justice would you take to lunch? And Where?" See one of the responses below.
Sonia Sotomayor at my house
"Last summer, I listened to the audio version of Justice Sotomayor's memoir, My Beloved World, as beautifully read by Rita Moreno. Learning about Justice Sotomayor's life as the Bronx-bred child of Puerto Rican parents, at Princeton, as a prosecutor and beyond, merely heightened the admiration I've held for her as a jurist since her appointment to the Supreme Court-and it also confirmed what a thoughtful, warm and real person she is."
- Marcy G. Glenn/Partner, Holland & Hart; Denver; Appellate
In this issue, we tell the stories of amazing lawyers like solo family law attorney Natalie Gregg, who gives clients a reality check, then holds their hands through the least traumatic possible-preferably out-of-court-uncouplings. At Locke Lord Edwards, Tai Tran does something he has loved since he was a boy: puts buildings on maps. The real estate and banking attorney has a hand in developing great communities.
Matt Matheny keeps hard hats on his wall at Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont. The personal injury attorney needs them when he checks on job sites with injured workers. Matheny also represents former NFL players in lawsuits over concussions. And in Dallas, Jesse Hoffman, a business lawyer at McCathern, wrote an argument upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving damages in prisoner-rights cases.
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.
Bush v. Gore may have divided the country, but it brought together the two attorneys arguing it: Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, an assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration and future solicitor general for President George W. Bush; and David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, who represented the government in U.S. v. Microsoft. In the aftermath of the 2000 election the two men became friends, sharing summer bike trips with their wives and an interest in wine. And in 2009, they famously teamed up in the Proposition 8 case, winning back the right for same-sex couples to marry in California.
In January, Super Lawyers Magazine sat down with Boies and Olson at the Four Seasons in New York City for a wide-ranging discussion about marriage equality, law firm culture, what each looks for in a new hire and the future of the billable hour.
Q: What advice would you have for a young man or woman looking to go to law school in this environment?
Boies: Even before they decide to go, I'd say, "Why are you going?" If you're going to get a really good education that will teach you to think and solve problems, regardless of whether you practice law or not, that's a good reason to go. If you're interested in the justice system, that's an even better reason to go. If you're just trying to mark time, that's a poor reason to go.
Olson: Don't go to law school because you want to make lots of money. There are other ways to make lots of money. If you really get a bang out of practicing law and solving problems and trying to persuade and doing something very creative, and if you like the history and you like the law and you like the structure of our legal system, then you're going to be spending your life doing things that you like. That's the only reason to do it.
Q: Is that what you're looking for when recent law school graduates try to get jobs at your firms?
Olson: Absolutely. You want people that really love to work, and want to work hard, and have manifested, through their achievement in college and law school, that they have the ability to think these problems through. It's the enthusiasm. You can see it in their eyes.
By Erik Lundegaard and Cindy Larson (2014 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine)
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