NLADA Recognizes Akin Gump Pro Bono Accomplishments with 2015 Beacon of Justice Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored Akin Gump as being among its 2015 Beacon of Justice Award winners at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner on June 23 in Washington, D.C. The honorees are law firms recognized for “expanding access to quality legal services for people across the country.”

Akin Gump was recognized for its work in organizing, with immigration and human rights organizations, the Karnes City Immigrant Family Pro Bono Project to provide legal representation to Central American women and children who have been detained in a federal facility in Texas as they seek asylum. (Learn more here.)

Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA president and CEO, said, “It is a privilege to be able to celebrate these outstanding awardees and shed light on their pro bono work that is making our communities stronger by expanding access to justice for countless low-income individuals. We are thrilled to recognize the depth and impact of their incredible efforts to advance policies and practices that provide pathways to justice and opportunity.”

This is the second consecutive year—and seventh out of eight years the award has been bestowed—that NLADA has recognized Akin Gump’s pro bono work. To learn more about the firm’s 2014 honor, please click here.

Akin Gump’s work on behalf of these women and their children was recently recognized by the State Bar of Texas, which honored the firm with its W. Frank Newton Award. (Learn more here.)

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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