Beacon of Justice Award

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Beacon of Justice recipient The annual Beacon of Justice Awards recognize corporate law firms who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to expanding access to quality legal services for low-income people and communities.  The pro bono work of these firms expands justice for all Americans.

Each year’s Beacon of Justice Award focuses on a theme.  For example, the 2015 selection criteria emphasized expanding opportunities in areas such as education, health care, housing, and legal services.  A small sample of the 2015 honorees' successes includes: bringing legal services directly to homeless individuals in shelters in more than 20 cities nationwide; helping a nonprofit client achieve a major victory when a large health insurer was ordered to spend $56 million on community health needs in the nation's capital; working with multiple states on foster care system reform; and representing unaccompanied immigrant children and women and developing strategies to ensure legal representation for them. The previous year emphasized innovation, especially technology, such as the use of online services in remote areas to provide legal aid or connect with pro bono attorneys.

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Beacon of Justice Award Winners

Frequency:
Annual
Year:
2015
Criteria:

Honors law firms for exceptional pro bono leadership and have met the high expectations and criteria for selection by expanding opportunities for the underserved in areas such as education, health care, housing, and legal services.

Recipient(s) name:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Covington & Burling LLP; Dechert LLP; DLA Piper; Hunton & Williams; Jones Day; Lavelle Law, Ltd.; Morrison & Foerster; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; Phillip

Criteria:

The 2015 Beacon of Justice Award honors law firms for exceptional pro bono leadership and that have met the high expectations and criteria for selection by expanding opportunities for the underserved in areas such as education, health care, housing, and legal services.

Recipient organization:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Covington & Burling LLP; Dechert LLP; DLA Piper; Hunton & Williams; Jones Day; Lavelle Law, Ltd.; Morrison & Foerster; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; Phillip
Where presented :
Exemplar Award Dinner
Criteria:

The 2011 Beacon of Justice Award proudly honors Law Firms that have Innovative Public-Private Partnerships that Protect Equal Justice for All through Appellate Litigation

Recipient organization:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Covington & Burling; Dechert LLP; Jones Day; Kean Miller; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Liskow & Lewis; Morrison & Foerster; O'Melveny & Myers; Paul Hastings; Perkins Coie; Reed Smith LLP; Robins, Kaplan, Miller
Where presented :
Exemplar Award Dinner
Criteria:

The 2010 Beacon of Justice Award proudly honors Law Firms That Have Made a Significant Impact in the Area of Immigration.

Recipient organization:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Arnold & Porter; Cozen O'Connor; Crowell & Moring LLP; Dickstein Shapiro; Dorsey & Whitney; Dykema Gossett, PLLC; Foster Quan, LLP; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Gibson, Dunn & Crutch
Where presented :
Exemplar Award Dinner
Criteria:

Law Firms Providing Significant Pro Bono Representation Law Firms Who, In Partnership with a Legal Aid Program, Have Represented Disadvantaged Families in Foreclosure Proceedings

Recipient organization:
Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; Joseph, Greenwald & Laake and Snell and Wilmer L.L.P.
Where presented :
Exemplar Award Dinner
Criteria:

Law Firms Providing Significant Pro Bono Representation to People on Death Row

Recipient organization:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Allen & Overy LLP; Baker & McKenzie LLP; Bingham McCutchen LLP; Burke McPheeters Bordner & Estes; Burns & Levinson LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Clifford Chance LLP; Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, PLLC;
Where presented :
Exemplar Award Dinner
Criteria:

Law Firms Providing Significant Pro Bono Representation to Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Recipient organization:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Alston & Bird LLP; Arnold & Porter LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Dechert LLP; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; Gibbons P.C.; Jenner & Block LLP; Jones Day; Kaye Scholer LLP; Mo