Akin Gump Honored with 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award
Akin Gump has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards, the only global firm to be so honored this year.
Among the pro bono accomplishments cited in the award is Akin Gump’s 2012 per-lawyer average of 89 hours of pro bono service to clients, generously exceeding the firm’s 60 hours per lawyer annual commitment as a charter signatory of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.
Also cited were the firm’s pro bono litigation success representing seven Somali plaintiffs who brought claims of extrajudicial killing, torture and war crimes against General Muhammad Ali Samantar, the former Somali prime minister and defense minister, as well as Akin Gump’s work on behalf of abused immigrant women and its representation of disabled individuals seeking Social Security benefits.
This award follows the firm’s receipt last year of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico award, presented each year to law firms and other institutions in the legal profession “that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.”