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AMERICAN-ARAB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE PRO-BONO ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR Tefft Smith, a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, was named Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee during its annual civil rights luncheon June 17. Smith was honored for his pro bono work relating to potential profiling of American Arabs by the federal government in its law enforcement actions. Mary Oakar, the ADC president, said, “ADC is grateful to Kirkland & Ellis and Mr. Smith for their outstanding contribution and dedication to the civil and human rights of all Americans.”
BURTON FOUNDATION AND ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS BEST LAW FIRM NEWSLETTER AWARD Jenner & Block received the 2006 Best Law Firm Newsletter Award from the Burton Foundation and the Association of Legal Administrators. The award was presented in a ceremony held June 12 at the Library of Congress. The award honors those “dedicated to promoting plain, clear, and effective legal expression in the legal profession.” Jenner & Block’s pro bono newsletter, The Heart of the Matter, was recognized for its “exceptional writing style, research, analysis, and content.” The newsletter is co-edited by partners Barry Levenstam and David Debruin.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LAWYERS AND CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Richard Rowe, a partner in Proskauer Rose, was appointed co-chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants. The conference addresses issues of importance to both the legal and accounting professions. It is composed of 18 members, nine selected by the president of the American Bar Association and nine selected by the president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rowe is a nationally recognized expert in securities law and has 15 years’ experience working for the Securities and Exchange Commission.
WASHINGTON LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN AFFAIRS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Steptoe & Johnson received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in recognition of the firm’s exceptional work on a recent civil rights case. The case involved the treatment of participants in Black Bikers Weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C. According to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, the case was settled under favorable terms for the firm’s clients. — Ben Sullivan
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