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October 13, 2016 Firm Regains Position on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of Year List

2016Jenner & Block has once again been named to Law360’s list of the top pro bono firms in the United States.  This marks the sixth time the firm has been selected for the series, which began in 2010.

In a lengthy profile, Law360 highlighted the firm’s “influential wins at the US Supreme Court, lifesaving work for clients on death row and a firmwide commitment to pro bono work at every level.”

In the feature, Partner Adam G. Unikowsky explains why he got involved in the case of V.L. v. E.L., representing an adoptive parent who had essentially been stripped of her parental rights to her three children by the Alabama Supreme Court when her same-sex relationship with the biological mother ended.  Mr. Unikowsky told Law360, “I felt this … really was quite inconsistent with very settled law.  And … it really would have a terrible effect on families.”  He reached out to National Center for Lesbian Rights attorneys who had been working on the case and offered to help get it in front of the US Supreme Court, where the Alabama court’s actions were reversed.

Additionally, Associates Amir H. Ali and R. Trent McCotter relate their experience before the Supreme Court in Welch v. US, which Law360 called “a ruling that decisively invalidated unconstitutional prison sentences for thousands of incarcerated individuals.”  Mr. Ali describes the firm’s involvement as a “momentous opportunity to give a voice to people who would otherwise be voiceless,” while Mr. McCotter notes that the case “inspired a lot of other associates to realize that the pro bono work that they do is meaningful, and that they can stay in charge of the case, even at the highest level.”

The article also discusses Jeremy M. Creelan and Susan J. Kohlmann’s work with the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic that is helping Vietnam veterans with PTSD that was undiagnosed when they left the service upgrade their other-than-honorable discharges.

CATEGORIES: Awards and Recognitions, Law360

PEOPLE: Susan J. Kohlmann, Adam G. Unikowsky, Jeremy M. Creelan