WASHINGTON D.C., June 5, 2003 — The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has recognized King & Spalding LLP with a Wiley A. Branton Outstanding Achievement Award for the firm’s pro bono representation in political asylum cases and matters affecting juvenile immigrants.
According to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Executive Director Rod Boggs, King & Spalding received the award for its work over the past 18 months, which demonstrated a “firm commitment to provide stellar representation to immigrants and follow through on this commitment with a number of important successes in political asylum cases and in matters involving juvenile immigrants.”
King & Spalding’s successes have included winning asylum for two men from Angola and two women from Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively. The firm’s attorneys also represented in Immigration Court Salvadoran children who had been taken into INS custody after entering the Unites States unaccompanied by their parents. King & Spalding attorneys also participated in a workshop assisting Salvadoran immigrants in obtaining Temporary Protected Status in accordance with U.S. Department of Justice guidelines. Going forward, the firm is pursuing asylum matters with immigrants from Cameroon and Sierra Leone.
King & Spalding was one of three firms honored for its asylum work. The firm received the award at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon on June 3.
The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, represents groups and individuals seeking to defend their civil rights. The Committee’s cases focus on six project areas: equal employment opportunity, fair housing, public accommodations, public education reform, and disability rights, as well as immigrant and refugee rights.
About King & Spalding LLP
King & Spalding LLP is an international law firm with more than 700 lawyers in Atlanta, Houston, London, New York and Washington, D.C. The firm represents more than half of the Fortune 100. For each of the last ten years, King & Spalding has been ranked among the top 50 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer and in 2002 was ranked among the top 50 law firms in the world. The firm contributed nearly 25,000 pro bono hours in 2002.