NLADA to Honor 40 Firms with the 2024 Beacon of Justice Award 

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2024) – The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce that 40 firms will be honored with the 2024 Beacon of Justice Award. Each honoree is being recognized for their efforts to address issues related to civil & human rights. 

 “Recognizing the outstanding efforts of these law firms is a true joy for us. Collectively, they have been champions for civil and human rights on a global scale. When businesses speak up, the world pays attention. And when they act, the world follows suit,” said NLADA President & CEO April Frazier Camara. 

The 2024 Beacon Award honorees include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Arnold & Porter LLP,  BakerHostetler LLP, Baker McKenzie, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Crowell & Moring LLP, Dechert LLP, Dentons US LLP, DLA Piper LLP (US), Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Fried Frank LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Husch Blackwell, Jackson Lewis PC, Jenner & Block LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP,  Paul Hastings LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Reed Smith LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP,  Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Steptoe LLP, Stinson LLP, Troutman Pepper LLP, Wiley Rein LLP, WilmerHale, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Yetter Coleman LLP, and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

The 2024 Beacon of Justice honorees have demonstrated an understanding of the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and other characteristics that may create interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. Our honorees have worked to address these complex challenges in their pro bono practice. 

These firms are vital partners in the NLADA community’s endeavor to elevate equity and justice. The Beacon of Justice awardees will be celebrated at the 2024 NLADA Exemplar Awards Gala on June 6.  

The 40 firms will be honored along with 2024 NLADA Exemplar Award Honoree David Zapolsky, SVP of Global Public Policy and General Counsel at Amazon. 

For more information about the Beacon of Justice Awardees and the Gala, please contact Rabiah Burks at [email protected]


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state, and local levels, playing a leadership role in the creation of public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training, and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.