NLADA to Honor 18 Firms with the 2022 Beacon of Justice Award

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

NLADA to Honor 18 Firms with the 2022 Beacon of Justice Award


Washington – The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce that 18 firms will be honored with the 2022 Beacon of Justice Award. Each honoree is being recognized for their efforts to address systematic racial disparities in 2022.

“We know that it will take the collective power of our community to advance racial equity in America, and the private law firms serve as critical partners in our fight for access to justice and equity in the legal system. We are especially proud of all 18 of our honorees, who have each demonstrated an unwavering commitment to sustaining racial equity work during these changing times.” Said NLADA President & CEO April Frazier Camara.

The 2022 Beacon Award honorees include: Akin Gump,  Baker McKenzie, Crowell & Moring, Dechert, DentonsDLA Piper, Hanson Bridgett, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Kirkland & Ellis,  Latham & Watkins,  Mintz, Nelson Mullins, Squire Patton BoggsSteptoe & Johnson, Stinson, WilmerHale, Wilson Sonsini and Zuckerman Spaeder.

The 2022 Beacon of Justice honorees have demonstrated excellence in service across the legal spectrum from civil rights and special relief motions related to COVID that have racial significance, to advocates raising their voices and committing resources, to untangling systems that are inherently unjust.

These firms are vital partners in the NLADA community’s endeavor to dismantle racial inequities and injustices. The Beacon of Justice awardees will be celebrated at the 2022 NLADA Exemplar Awards Gala on June 9.


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.