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There are plenty of legitimate questions to be asked about pro bono at the nation’s biggest, richest law firms: Do the firms take on enough of it? Are they soft-pedaling impact work? Are they handling enough death penalty cases? But there’s one thing that’s hard to deny: The pro bono roster remains as varied as ever. The following is a sampling of recent projects at the top 10 pro bono scorers in this year’s Am Law 200 survey: � Covington & Burling: Represented U.S. conservation groups in a debt assumption deal to protect tropical forests in Peru. Litigated on behalf of Carolyn Davis, a former Covington secretary who won $1.75 million in damages against Prince George’s County, Md., after alleging gross negligence by a 911 operator and her two supervisors in connection with the death of Davis’ husband. Aids families of victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. � Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler: Represents a death row inmate in Alabama. Investigating allegations by local lawyers in Indonesia that they became the victims of human rights abuses after taking on human rights cases. Litigates on behalf of more than 20 mentally retarded men who alleged that they were subjected to unnecessary prostate surgery without their consent. � Arnold & Porter: Represents 26 immigrant women seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Advises three rural counties that allege that the state of Mississippi breaches its obligation to provide an adequate criminal defense to the poor. Represents a class of inmates in Louisiana that alleges mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners and inadequate mental health services. � Holland & Hart: Provides legal advice to The Trust for Land Restoration, which restores land once used for mining or other industrial activities. Helped the Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Foundation obtain tax-exempt status. Provides advice on trademark, real estate, employment, and tax matters to OpenWorld Learning, a nonprofit that teaches computer skills to low-income students. � Jenner & Block: Led the successful appeal, based on new eyewitness testimony, of a 1991 murder conviction of two brothers. Filed an amicus brief on behalf of 30 major corporations before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of affirmative action in the University of Michigan Law School’s admissions policy. Represents, on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, a class of Baltimore residents that alleged racial discrimination in the administration of public housing. � White & Case: Provides legal assistance to start-up business owners in the South Bronx. Established trust funds for families of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Represents a Los Angeles homeowners group that is challenging two street-level crossings of the county rail transit system on safety and environmental quality grounds. � Bingham McCutchen: Represents Los Angeles-area parents seeking the adoption of special-needs children. Represents a class of Californians whose paroles were revoked because of due process violations. Brought successful asylum cases on behalf of two refugees, one from Guatemala and one from Peru. � Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering: Advocated on behalf of the International Human Rights Law Group against alleged racial discrimination in Latin America. Represents the lead Senate and House cosponsors of campaign finance reform legislation in litigation over the measure’s constitutionality. Represents the National Organization for Women and two clinics in a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding application of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act to threats and violence against abortion providers. � Debevoise & Plimpton: Represented the Natural Resources Defense Council in a successful bid to have the U.S. Department of the Interior place the beluga sturgeon on the department’s endangered species list. Incorporated not-for-profit entities for two firehouses to handle unsolicited donations after the World Trade Center attacks. Assists immigrant small-business owners referred from the New York Association of New Americans Inc. � Latham & Watkins: Represents children in immigration proceedings and federal courts. Participated in rule making for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 on behalf of nearly three dozen claimants. Aids the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation by researching federal and state election laws, regulations and voting procedures.

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