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Lawyers in Washington are earning their halos. • For instance, they’re helping foster children find permanent homes. • Prisoners gain legal advocates. • One attorney takes on a questionable death penalty decision. • Corporate pro bono work can revitalize urban communities. • An African country figures out what to do if it ever gets oil wealth. • Asylum-seekers receive a haven. • And finally, an international group aims to resolve conflicts.
• ‘I’m Getting Adopted!’ One law firm facilitates the adoption process for at-risk foster children in D.C. The establishment in 2001 of the Family Court, which replaced the former Family Division of the D.C. Superior Court, has alleviated the strains on permanent placement. • Reaching Out to Prisoners Four pro bono cases that King & Spalding has handled recently illustrate the impact that a single pro bono project can have, both on the lives of individual prisoners and on the American prison population as a whole. • Did He Deserve the Death Penalty? Steven M. Schneebaum, a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Greenberg Traurig, details his work in a death penalty case against Tony Barksdale. • Help for Distressed Communities Corporate pro bono work � which can mean helping nonprofits establish tax-exempt status, offering counseling on financing issues, and providing ongoing corporate advice � has helped to revitalize low-income D.C. neighborhoods and promote reinvestment in distressed communities. • Protecting Future Oil Wealth Sao Tome and Principe, a democratic but impoverished island country off the west coast of Africa, turned to the Earth Institute at Columbia University � an academic center for the study of the Earth, its environment, and society � and Hogan & Hartson to help draft and implement an oil revenue management law that, properly implemented, will provide new international legal standards of openness and control. • The Quest for Asylum As part of its efforts to keep its pro bono program fresh and responsive to the needs of the community, the D.C. office of Howrey has formed a partnership with the organization Human Rights First to represent victims of persecution and torture applying for asylum in the United States. • Giving Peace a Legal Chance Attorneys volunteering with the Public International Law & Policy Group not only practice public international law in countries worldwide, but they also shape the course of history by promoting the peaceful resolution of ethnic and territorial conflicts.

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