NAACP Honors Washington Lawyer Mark MacDougall

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has honored Mark J. MacDougall, a partner in the litigation practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C., with its 2004 Foot Soldier in the Sands Award. The award was presented on July 12 at the NAACP’s 20th Annual Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Memorial Lecture Luncheon in Philadelphia.

Presented annually, the NAACP’s Foot Soldier in the Sands Award is bestowed on those attorneys “who have gone above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the Association and its civil rights agenda” on a pro bono basis. A litigator with extensive civil and criminal trial experience, Mr. MacDougall was recognized, along with Bill Nettles of Columbia, South Carolina, for his trial and appellate work on behalf of indigent defendants facing the death penalty.

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are frontline advocates for civil rights, social justice and equal opportunity under law.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Brussels, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, Riyadh (affiliate), San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; estate planning, wealth transfer and probate; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.

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