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LATHAM READS Latham & Watkins donated $1,630 to the D.C. Public Library Foundation to help boost the Children’s Collection at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. In the fund-raiser’s third year, the firm solicited donations from employees during National Library Week, April 18-24. The donation will help buy nearly 150 new books. D.C. Public Library Coordinator of Children’s and Young Adult Collections Wendy Lukehart says Latham’s gift to the children’s collection “helps to build a fantastic section.” GENEROUS ASSOCIATES The Legal Aid Society‘s 15th Generous Associates Campaign is off and running. The campaign, which aims to collect donations from law firm associates, kicked off at a May 13 reception at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and will continue to June 30. Wilmer partner Seth Waxman has been appointed honorary chair for this year’s campaign. The campaign is chaired by 11 associates from various firms with coordinators in 76 D.C. firms. They are looking to raise $365,000, up from the $360,000 raised last year, its most successful year. CLINIC AWARDS The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) awarded its first national pro bono award to the D.C. office of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman. Partner Thurgood Marshall Jr. and pro bono counsel David Lubitz accepted the award at CLINIC’s annual convention in Milwaukee on May 14. CLINIC matches pro bono attorneys to immigrants with cases pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Lubitz approached CLINIC last year to bring pro bono work to the firm’s summer associates � matching summer associates with senior attorneys on a single CLINIC case. The program worked so well, Lubitz says, the firm’s attorneys continued to take cases after the summer. In the past year, Swidler attorneys have worked on a dozen CLINIC cases and have won nearly two-thirds of them. D.C. CIRCUIT AWARDS The D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services recognized 12 D.C. firms for substantial pro bono work in 2003, up from eight firms last year. The ” ’40 at 50′: Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast” was held on May 11 at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse and honored all firms where at least 40 percent of their lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono work. New to the list were Debevoise & Plimpton; Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky; Greenberg Traurig; Howrey Simon Arnold & White; Shea & Gardner; and Spiegel & McDiarmid. Recognized for the second year were Arnold & Porter; Covington & Burling; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Jenner & Block; and Latham & Watkins. Piper Rudnick, recognized last year, did not make the list this year, and Asbill Moffitt & Boss, which was also recognized last year, was not surveyed for 2003. Katherine Garrett, judicial committee chair, says the committee hopes to see the 2004 honorees also double by 50 percent. PRIVATE SECTOR ADVOCATE National Legal Center for the Public Interest president Ernest Hueter is retiring after 24 years with the law and education foundation. Richard Hauser, currently general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will take over the post on June 4. The center focuses on issues relating to the private sector, such as asbestos litigation, antitrust, and globalization. Hauser, formerly a partner at Baker & Hostetler and deputy counsel to President Ronald Reagan, says he took the position in the three-person office because he wanted to work on public policy issues in the private sector. “I am philosophically aligned with the work they do, and this is an opportunity to refine [their] mission, and continue to do the things they do well,” says Hauser. ABA AWARDS The American Bar Association recognized the D.C. offices of Hogan & Hartson and Arnold & Porter for their 2003 pro bono work. The ABA’s Litigation Section awarded Hogan’s Community Services Department, which oversees the firm’s pro bono work, with its annual John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award at the section’s annual conference on May 7. Hogan was recognized for its work with the NAACP in representing 46 wrongfully arrested African-Americans in Tulia, Texas. The bar’s annual pro bono publico awards recognized four lawyers and one law firm for “extraordinary . . . contributions to extending free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.” Arnold & Porter was selected to receive this year’s firm award for averaging 130 pro bono hours per lawyer and for launching a resource center at the D.C. Landlord Tenant Court, among other pro bono work. Miles & Stockbridge partner Stephen Cullen, based in the firm’s Towson, Md., office, received a pro bono publico lawyer award for his work in more than 45 international child abduction cases. Cullen and Arnold & Porter will be recognized at the annual awards luncheon on Aug. 9. PRO BONO AT PIPER Piper Rudnick‘s D.C. and Reston, Va., offices recognized several lawyers with in-house pro bono awards in mid-April. The pro bono partner of the year award went to Brenda Meister for representing Afghanistan. Meister and other firm attorneys lobby Congress on issues such as human rights and counsel the government on trade initiatives. Associates Jared Genser and Bryant Richardson tied for pro bono associate of the year. Genser was recognized for his advocacy work with his nonprofit group, Freedom Now; Richardson worked on special education issues. Of counsel Francis Connolly, in the Reston office, was named pro bono attorney of the year for his employment work at several nonprofits. Senior associate Cristen Sikes was the only Washington associate to receive a firmwide pro bono associate award. Sikes submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court cases Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger defending the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policies. DICKSTEIN’S NEW COUNSEL Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky litigation associate C. Elaine Arabatzis was appointed as the firm’s diversity and pro bono counsel in April. Arabatzis’ first day in Dickstein’s New York office happened to be Sept. 11, 2001. Though she did very little pro bono work prior to joining the firm, she says, “My personal obligations and goals changed dramatically from that moment on.” Arabatzis, 43, began working on the firm’s newly formed diversity committee and started to take on more and more pro bono work. At the beginning of this year, she proposed taking on these duties full time and collaborated with management to create the position. “I couldn’t be happier,” says Arabatzis. IF I WERE A CARPENTER With summer around the corner, some lawyers are putting down their briefcases and picking up their hammers, building single-family homes in Northeast D.C. for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s Washington affiliate plans to build 53 homes near 54th and Clay streets, N.E., but they’re not doing it alone. Through the Buildable Hours program developed by Latham & Watkins, nearly 25 firms are sponsoring a home, up from 18 last year. These firms donate $5,000 and up to 25 lawyers, summer associates, and staff to help build for one day. Among them, Latham and Miller & Chevalier have committed to two building days. Nearly 30 D.C.-based Baker & McKenzie lawyers volunteered for a building day on May 15 as part of the firmwide “Day in Service.” “We also like to use our legal skills, which we think are more honed than our hammering,” jokes pro bono director Angela Vigil. In fact, Baker & McKenzie’s building efforts are an outgrowth of its pro bono legal work with Habitat for Humanity International since 2001. The D.C. office is spearheading Habitat’s international regulatory work. Pro Bono Bulletin Board is an occasional column covering developments in the public interest and pro bono communities. Alicia Upano can be reached at [email protected].

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