Akin Gump Honored for Contributions to Public Education

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in recognition of the firm’s contributions to public education. The award was presented at the Committee’s annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon on June 16.

In recognizing Akin Gump’s 12-year partnership with John Tyler Elementary School, the Committee cited the firm’s extensive list of accomplishments, including “investing in a program to improve the skills of the teachers, providing tutors and mentors to the students, collaborating with other volunteer organizations in the school and community to provide positive outcomes for the students, and taking the lead in bringing Internet access to the entire school.”

For more than 40 years, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has represented individuals and groups seeking to vindicate their civil rights. The Committee represents individuals with discrimination claims, helps immigrants seeking asylum and other assistance, and works for education reform in the D.C. Public Schools. In 1993, the Committee launched its Law Firm-Public School Partnership initiative with the goal of improving public education in Washington, D.C. – school by school, child by child – by pairing local law firms with area public schools in need of assistance beyond that available in the publicly funded budget. Akin Gump’s collaboration with John Tyler Elementary School is among the oldest of the Committee’s law firm-school partnerships.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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