ATLANTA (July 9) – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Kilpatrick Stockton announced today that it received a Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). Kilpatrick Stockton received this recognition, along with 58 other select law firms across the country, for its commitment to ensuring access to justice through its pro bono representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Kilpatrick Stockton’s Allen Garrett, accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the NLADA’s recent 2007 Annual Exemplar Awards Dinner, “Shining the Light on Equality & Justice,” in Washington, DC.
“Our firm is proud to be part of the network of law firms committed to ensuring due process and equal access to justice for all persons,” said Mr. Garrett. “Representation of the detainees has been particularly rewarding in recent weeks, as the Supreme Court has decided to examine the constitutionality of the administration’s policies regarding Guantanamo and legislation has been introduced in Congress to restore the detainees’ habeas corpus rights or to close the facility altogether.”
In 2006, Kilpatrick Stockton’s pro bono program was ranked among the nation’s top law firms by American Lawyer Magazine, providing over $9 million and 30,000 hours of free legal services to low income citizens and community organizations.
NLADA is the nation’s largest and oldest national institutional advocate for the rights of the poor and under-privileged to effective legal representation. Founded in 1911, NLADA spearheads a wide range of advocacy, training, technical assistance and research programs designed to preserve, strengthen and expand the capacity of local organizations that deliver legal services to the poor. NLADA’s membership includes legal aid organizations, public defender agencies, bar associations, private attorneys, judges, corporate counsel and others dedicated to the principle of equal access to justice.
About Kilpatrick Stockton
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP is a full-service international law firm with more than 500 attorneys in nine offices across the globe: Atlanta and Augusta, GA.; Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC.; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Stockholm, Sweden. Kilpatrick Stockton’s delivery of innovative business solutions provides results-oriented counsel for corporations, from the challenging demands of financial transactions and securities to the disciplines of intellectual property management. Collaboration among Kilpatrick Stockton’s corporate, litigation and intellectual property attorneys provides knowledgeable and proactive guidance for companies at every stage of the business life cycle. For more information, please visit www.kilpatrickstockton.com.