Human Rights Campaign Honors Akin Gump with Ally of Justice Award

by HRC Staff

Award recognizes law firm's long-standing pro bono service.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, today announced that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a leading international law firm, has been named the recipient of the 2008 "Ally of Justice" award. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through pro bono service to HRC.

"Through its contributions to the HRC and its own commitment to diversity, Akin Gump has been a model partner in the effort to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," said Lara Schwartz, Legal Director of the Human Rights Campaign.

HRC General Counsel Rob Falk added, "The number of Akin Gump lawyers and offices around the country that have supported our work has been both amazing and gratifying. Akin Gump has demonstrated incredible depth in its support for LGBT equality and their team has been integral to our organization's success."

"Akin Gump's work with the HRC exemplifies the firm's commitment to establishing a standard for service among the world's leading law firms," said Steve Schulman, Pro Bono Partner for Akin Gump. "We attach a great value to diversity in the workplace and encourage our attorneys to take an active role in organizations that promote equality and understanding,"

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, founded in 1945, numbers over 900 attorneys in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For additional information, please visit their website at

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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