Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

New Book Recognized as 2014 DC Bar Project of the Year 
On Tuesday, June 17, a new book titled Family-Based Immigration Law:  A Lawyer's Guide will be recognized as the 2014 Bar Project of the Year at the DC Bar's Celebration of Leadership awards dinner. Litigation special counsel Karen Grisez was a senior editor of the book and authored the preface of the guide, which is designed to help practitioners navigate the complexities of family-based immigration petitions and the process for obtaining permanent residency. This recognition further cements Fried Frank's reputation as a leader in the immigration field, both in connection with direct representation of individuals and in the policy arena."
Karen Grisez, Joseph DeSantis and Fried Frank to Receive Vincent Reed Education Award
Litigation special counsel Karen Grisez, Managing Attorney's Office coordinator Joseph DeSantis and Fried Frank will be honored at the 2014 Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon, an annual event sponsored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Ms. Grisez and Mr. DeSantis will receive the Vincent Reed Education Award in recognition of their work to support the Firm's partnership with the School Without Walls Public High School, a leading public magnet high school in Washington, DC. Since 1989, the Firm has partnered with the School Without Walls in helping several of its teams place in the Mock Trial finals; bringing initiatives such as academic tutoring, writing workshops, jury education programs, a weekly current events roundtable at the Firm, and fundraising activities; and providing assistance in planning and leading numerous social studies field trips to many courts and historic sites, among other matters. The Firm's partnership, led by Ms. Grisez and Mr. DeSantis, has impacted hundreds of youth in Washington, DC.

Commenting on Fried Frank's partnership, School Without Walls Principal Richard Trogisch described it as "one of the most successful, long-running collaborations that School Without Walls has had with the private sector; the firm is an important, long-term member of our community, providing key support for students, teachers and parents."
The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for over 45 years has represented both individuals and groups seeking to vindicate their civil rights. It has handled over 5,000 civil rights cases, in employment, housing, public accommodations and other aspects of urban life.
Fried Frank to Receive 2014 Beacon of Justice Award
Fried Frank is a recipient of the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award, an annual honor sponsored by The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) that recognizes law firms which devote significant time and resources to improve the lives of low-income individuals. The award is in recognition of the Firm's support of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel's Small Business Legal Academy, a one-day event held in October 2013 that saw attorneys from more than 30 corporate law firms, legal services organizations, financial services consultants, city and state agencies, and other service providers offer free consulting services to over one hundred small business owners and nonprofits. Beacon of Justice Award winners will be formally honored at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner. Founded in 1911, NLADA is America's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel.
Legal Services NYC to Honor Fried Frank with Pro Bono Leadership Award
Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) will honor Fried Frank at its seventh annual Jazz for Justice gala, where the Firm will receive a Pro Bono Leadership award for being one of LSNYC's top pro bono partners in 2013.  Through the efforts of Fried Frank and other firms, LSNYC has been able to help more than 70,500 disadvantaged New Yorkers secure the essentials of life: food, shelter and subsistence income. The gala will be held at Gotham Hall and feature performances by renowned jazz artists. Legal Services NYC is the largest organization exclusively devoted to providing free civil legal services in the United States, with neighborhood offices in every borough of New York City.
Immigration Equality to Recognize Fried Frank at the 2014 Safe Haven Awards
Immigration Equality will honor Fried Frank with a Safe Haven Award at its 2014 awards ceremony.  This year's winners were selected from among the 40 law firms that devote more than US$15 million annually in legal services to Immigration Equality's clients. Last year, firms won a record 124 cases – a 95 percent success rate. Honorees will be celebrated at a gala co-chaired by Nigerian activist Oliver Anene, Sullivan & Cromwell's David Castleman and Russian-American author Masha Gessen. Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Over the past year, litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer, corporate associate Matthew Mirett, litigation associates Richard Hoberman, Jesse Loffler and Mark Siegmund, and real estate associates Holly Chen and Jacob Slowik have worked on Immigration Equality cases.
Fried Frank Recognized as a Pro Bono Leader in Washington, DC
Fried Frank has once again been recognized among Washington, DC's leading firms for pro bono service at the annual "40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast." Sponsored by the DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the event honors law firms at which at least 40% of all attorneys dedicated 50 or more hours in 2013 to providing free legal representation to individuals with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations. Tax partner Alan Kaden attended on behalf of the Firm.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly Honors Fried Frank
Corporate partner Richard Ansbacher, litigation associate Helene Gogadze and tax associate Andrew Penman were honored by Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) for their work on a systemic reform project involving access to medical marijuana under Washington, DC's new law for senior citizens who reside in nursing homes where smoking is prohibited. Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, DC's elderly by providing free legal services to those in need – empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.
CUNY Citizenship NOW! Honors Robert Juceam
Fried Frank of counsel Robert Juceam was honored by CUNY Citizenship NOW!, the largest university-based citizenship and immigration law service provider in the nation. It was presented by the Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Juceam was recognized during an awards event as a Champion for his continued work on behalf of immigrants. He has been a long-time promoter of pro bono service, having dedicated much of his career to ensuring that others have access to justice. His drive and endeavors over the years to ignite change in the treatment and representation of immigrants and asylum seekers have not gone unrecognized; he has previously received honors and awards from numerous organizations including: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Center for Constitutional and Human Legal Rights, the Haitian Refugee Center, the American Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Law Foundation and, for Lifetime Achievement, from The American Lawyer.

Jennifer Colyer Receives Her Justice's 2014 Pro Bono Liaison Award
Litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer is the recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Liaison Award presented by Her Justice, recognizing her as one of the organization's most active and supportive law firm liaisons. Formerly known as inMotion, Her Justice provides free legal assistance in family law, divorce and immigration to low-income women living in New York City.

As pro bono counsel in the Firm's New York office, Jennifer is responsible for directing the overall pro bono program and supervising individual pro bono projects handled by other attorneys at the Firm. Jennifer specializes in immigration and criminal defense and LGBT rights cases; in addition, her extensive litigation experience includes a broad range of civil matters as well as substantial work on investigations brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, United States Attorney's office and other criminal and internal investigations.

For more than 18 years, Fried Frank's pro bono program has supported Her Justice by taking on numerous family law and immigration cases for women who have suffered from domestic violence. The Firm also continues to be a proud corporate partner and a major institutional supporter of the organization:

- Corporate partner Robert Schwenkel currently serves as a
board member.
- Restructuring and Insolvency partner Brad Eric Scheler is
chair emeritus and currently a member of the Senior Leadership Council.
- Litigation partner Janice Mac Avoy currently serves as a
member of the Corporate Partners committee and also supervises a team of Fried Frank attorneys who regularly volunteer their time and expertise.

Also, in 2005, the Fried Frank Fellowship was established to allow Firm associates to spend a year working full-time at Her Justice. This program, which the Firm continues to sponsor and fund, has allowed the non-profit to retain and provide counsel on numerous matters and assist those in need.

Jennifer was honored at the 2014 Commitment to Justice Awards, a ceremony held at Lincoln Center to celebrate the commitment of volunteers who have donated their time and expertise to help women and their families receive much needed legal support.
Fried Frank Receives 2013 Law Firm Award from Washington Council of Lawyers 
The Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) recognized Fried Frank as the recipient of its 2013 Law Firm Award. The honor, which highlights the Firm's commitment to pro bono service and support of WCL's efforts to promote public interest and pro bono lawyering, was accepted by litigation partner Douglas Baruch, litigation special counsel and longtime WCL board member Karen Grisez and litigation secretary Regina Carroll. Ms. Carroll also received special recognition for her work in producing WCL's monthly Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse, a service that connects people to employment opportunities in the public interest community. Founded in 1971, the Washington Council of Lawyers is a voluntary bar association that promotes public interest practice of law and pro bono service in the District of Columbia.
The Legal Aid Society to Honor Firm Attorneys
Corporate associate Ariel Alter and Restructuring and Insolvency associate Keita de Souza have been selected by the Legal Aid Society as recipients of the Society's 2013 Pro Bono Publico Awards. The awards recognize the work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who participate in the Society's Pro Bono Program by providing exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Presided over by the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, the Society will host a ceremony to honor award winners.
In May 2012, Second Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann was recognized with the prestigious Learned Hand Medal at the Federal Bar Council's Law Day Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.  In his acceptance speech, Judge Katzmann kindly recognized many lawyers who devote long hours to advocating on behalf of immigrants, including Fried Frank lawyers Jorge Castillo (NY), Maribel Hernandez-Rivera (NY), Robert Juceam (NY), Jennifer Colyer (NY), Jonathan Forman (NY) and former partner Peter Cobb.

"I see so much talent in this room," Judge Katzmann remarked. "I encourage and welcome the involvement of all of you here: firm leaders who set the tone, partners who serve as mentors for young lawyers, senior lawyers and associates alike. Any lawyer who has successfully represented a noncitizen can tell you of the deep satisfaction of helping a person in need, of helping to keep a family intact, of frankly becoming a hero to that immigrant and immigrant family, with the not insubstantial additional benefit to the attorney and firm of honing legal skills through that representation. Such honing of skills can enhance lawyering in other areas of practice. If you're not convinced by my words tonight, just talk to these lawyers."

Please click here to read the President of the Federal Bar Council's introductory remarks as well as the full text of Judge Katzmann's acceptance speech.

In December 2011, Fried Frank as well as litigation of counsel Robert Juceam (NY) and litigation special counsel Karen Grisez (DC) each received a Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service at the National Low-Income Immigrants' Rights Conference awards reception, held last night in Arlington, Virginia. Fried Frank's award was given in recognition of the Firm's longstanding commitment to civil rights, particularly through its fellowship program dedicated to fostering the next generation of civil rights leaders. Securities of counsel David Birenbaum (DC) accepted the award on behalf of the Firm. Mr. Juceam and Ms. Grisez were recognized for their accomplishments in defending the rights of countless asylum seekers fleeing persecution due to political belief or sexual orientation, preventing unlawful discrimination against immigrants and providing expert advice to immigration litigators and practitioners across the country.

In November 2011, Fried Frank as well as corporate associates Andrew Idrizovic (NY) and Thao Tran (NY) have each been selected as recipients of The Legal Aid Society's 2011 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service. The Firm's award was given in recognition of Fried Frank's staffing of the Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project (CDP) with externs from the Firm's transactional practices. Ms. Tran and Mr. Idrizovic provided outstanding service to Legal Aid clients as externs over the past year. CDP provides critical legal assistance to low-income microentrepreneurs and nonprofits. Fried Frank, Mr. Idrizovic and Ms. Tran were honored at an awards ceremony in New York City on November 9.

In November 2011, Fried Frank as well as litigation of counsel Robert Juceam (NY) and litigation special counsel Karen Grisez (DC) were selected as recipients of the Courageous Luminary Award for Legal Service at the National Low-Income Immigrants' Rights Conference awards reception. In June 2011, Fried Frank received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at its Wiley A. Branton Awards Lunch.

In February 2010, Fried Frank was presented with the "2010 Commitment to Justice Law Firm Award" from inMotion.
In October 2009, the Firm was honored at the National Pro Bono Week Kickoff Breakfast for its significant pro bono efforts toward asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile and Violence Against Women Act cases, and other immigration applications.

In January 2009, New York litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer was elected to a three-year term on the Leadership Council of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. The Association of Pro Bono Counsel is an organization dedicated to the support and professional development of full time pro bono counsel at commercial law firms.

In 2007, the Firm was honored by the Academy for Jewish Religion for its work in the cases urging civil marriage for same-sex couples in New York.

In 2005 and 2006, the Firm was honored by the Legal Aid Society for its work representing inmates seeking resentencing under New York's amended drug sentencing law. 

In 2005, partner Arthur Fleischer, Jr. was honored by inMotion at its annual Commitment to Justice Awards for his contribution to the success of the organization.

In 2004 and 2005, Fried Frank was one of seven firms honored by the Judicial Conference of the DC Circuit with its "40 at 50" award, for having more than 40 percent of our individual lawyers meet the Circuit's 50-hour requirement.

Volunteers of Legal Service recognized the Firm's contributions at its Twentieth Anniversary event in October 2004.  For the past five consecutive years, associates and partners have been presented with Pro Bono Publico awards from the Legal Aid Society in recognition for service. 

In fall 2004, Fried Frank was awarded a Law Firm Award from the Washington Council of Lawyers. In June 2004, the Firm received the Frederick B. Abramson Award for our work in establishing and staffing the Landlord/Tenant Resource Center in DC Superior Court. In January 2004, the Firm's Washington, DC office was honored with a Marvin Frankel Award for its outstanding contribution to Human Rights First's asylum program.