Pro Bono Awards & Honors

    August 8, 2012

    You don’t need to ask us to find out that Arent Fox is a recognized leader in pro bono work. In May, 2011, Arent Fox was recognized by The Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours.

    Over 70 percent of Arent Fox lawyers do pro bono work each year, and in 2011, each lawyer averaged more than 45 hours of pro bono work. As a whole, the firm contributed nearly 18,000 pro bono hours.

    Recent Recognitions

    • On July 11, 2013, Arent Fox was honored at a reception hosted at King & Spaulding’s DC office on behalf of University Legal Services. The Arent Fox pro bono team received special recognition for its work on the class action litigation against the District of Columbia to facilitate the transition of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of individuals with disabilities out of nursing facilities and back into the community. The Arent Fox team working on the matter includes partner Barbara S. Wahl and associates Jennifer Allen, Alison Lima Andersen, and Brian D. Schneider.
    • On June 10, 2013, Arent Fox LLP received the Education Outstanding Achievement Award at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s 45th Anniversary Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon for work the firm does with the DC Public School System, and, in particular, for its lead role running the annual GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament, which is based on the award-winning educational game created by Communications, Technology & Mobile partner Alan Fishel. Read the article here.
    • On June 5, 2013, the DC Court of Appeals recognized 62 Arent Fox lawyers in the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll or contributing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2012. See the full list here.
    • On November 28, 2012, Arent Fox LLP announced the recipients of the firm’s Albert E. Arent and Marc L. Fleischaker Pro Bono Awards, presented annually to lawyers and paralegals who demonstrate outstanding contributions to public service. Read the article here.
    • In June 2012, Appleseed Foundation, a nonprofit network of public interest justice centers and professionals with whom Arent Fox works as a partner to help build a just society through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform, honored the Firm at Appleseed’s Pillars of Justice Awards reception in New York. Specifically, Arent Fox was recognized for its work with Appleseed in designing fair access to health care for low-income taxi workers in New York City. Arent Fox and Appleseed has been working with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an organization serving 15,000 cab drives in New York, to advocate before the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission for the creation of a Health & Benefits Fund that would ensure access to group health care insurance for the city’s drivers.  Appleseed honored Arent Fox’s Connie Raffa, Lauren Tabak Fass, and Tope Yusuf, who have spent countless pro bono hours working with Appleseed and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance on this matter, which NY Appleseed considers an integral component of its mission to bring fairness, justice and opportunity to all. Read the article here.
    • In June 2012, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs honored Alan G. Fishel, a partner in the firm’s Communications, Technology & Mobile group, by presenting him with the 2012 Vincent E. Reed Award. Alan was recognized for his considerable commitment to public education in the District of Columbia. In addition to his efforts on behalf of Randle Highlands Elementary School with respect to a host of activities, Alan created an award-winning geography game called GeoPlunge that has been a tremendous success in the DC public schools. For the past seven years, Alan and a number of his colleagues at Arent Fox, along with the DC Public School System and the Washington Lawyers Committee, have run a city-wide GeoPlunge tournament involving hundreds of students competing in teams each year. Students, working closely with teachers and community leaders, often play GeoPlunge several times a week for approximately two months in preparation for this exciting tournament, and the students’ knowledge of geography skyrockets as a result. This tournament has drawn such rave reviews from principals, teachers, students, and coaches from the community that last year the District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray officially proclaimed November 15, 2011 “GeoPlunge Day.” The Eighth Annual DC GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament will be held on December 5, 2012 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Read the article here.
    • Michael L. Turrill, a litigation partner at Arent Fox LLP, has been named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the University of Southern California’s Public Interest Law Foundation. Read the article here.
    • On October 20, 2011, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless honored Arent Fox for the firm’s work on behalf of military veterans with disabilities in the District of Columbia. At the October 2011 event, the Legal Clinic presented Arent Fox the “Outstanding Firm Award” for its participation and leadership in the Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services (SAILS) Pro Bono Veterans Project to help homeless and low-income veterans in Washington, DC. To read the article in its entirety, click here.
    • On May 12, 2011, Arent Fox was recognized by The Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours in 2010. Read the article here.
    • In May 2011, Arent Fox received the Hamish Sandison Law Firm of the Year Award from the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts for contributions to WALA and the regional artist community, most noteworthy of which was a real estate guide for artists and landlords to be used especially to fill retail and commercial spaces on an interim, low-cost basis with artists and galleries to improve the look and feel of communities blighted by the economic downturn.
    • On March 31, 2011, Robert C. O’Brien, managing partner of Arent Fox’s Los Angeles office, received the 2011 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of international law and his service as Co-Chair of the US Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Read the press release here.
    • In November 2010, Arent Fox announced the recipients of the The Albert E. Arent and the Marc L. Fleischaker Awards. These awards are presented annually to partners, associates and legal professionals who demonstrate “outstanding contributions to public service.” Read the press release here.
    • In August 2010, the firm received an Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from So Others Might Eat (SOME) in connection with legal financing work establishing 240 units of new, low-income housing in DC.
    • In November 2009, Robert C. O’Brien, Managing Partner, California received the “2009 Outstanding Lawyer Award” by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Los Angeles Chapter), for his many pro bono contributions including leadership on the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. See the press release here.
    • In December 2009, Arent Fox’s Director of Planning and Land Use, Ellen M. McCarthy, won the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award by Partners for Livable Communities (PLC), a non-profit leadership organization working to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Read the press release here.
    • In October 2008, Arent Fox received the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Outstanding Law Firm of the Year Award for work done in federal court in New Jersey to secure health insurance coverage for poor New Jersey children and their families through state grants, despite an adverse ruling from the federal government.
    • In August 2008, Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper received the Louis D. Brandeis Award for his work related to women’s human rights issues and against genocide, which he continues through his pro bono service on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
    • In March 2008, a team of Arent Fox lawyers led by partner Ken Jacob was awarded the Jacqueline Unger Community Service Award from the Jewish Council for Aging for pro bono work as the organization’s general counsel as well as real estate and leasing work done in connection with relocation of its headquarters.
    • In December 2007, the Lawyers Alliance for New York recognized the firm for its work for the Upper Manhattan Council Assisting Neighbors in the acquisition and financing of two low-income housing projects, creating more than 140 units of affordable housing in the Bronx.
    • In June 2007, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Outstanding Achievement in Public Education recognized the firm for its work with a Southeast DC elementary school, the Randle Highlands School.
    • In May 2007, the DC Appleseed Center recognized Arent Fox for its efforts in DC Circuit litigation and in lobbying work to bring congressional voting rights to residents of the District of Columbia.