Human Rights Campaign to Honor Covington & Burling and David Remes with 2006 National Ally of Justic

by HRC Staff

'Mr. Remes and the firm of Covington and Burling are a vital part of our work for equality,' said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, is awarding the 2006 National Ally of Justice Award to the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and David Remes, a partner in the firm. The award honors legal allies for their outstanding work on behalf equality GLBT people.

"Mr. Remes and Covington & Burling are a vital part of our work for equality," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "These honorees join a distinguished group of allies whose contributions to the fight for fairness are not only lasting but make a real difference in the lives of countless Americans."

"David Remes and associates Jimmy Kirby, Paul Ainsworth and David Stetson have worked tirelessly with us, providing outstanding legal work and showing a deep commitment to the cause of justice," said HRC Legal Director Lara Schwartz. "The associates - and the summer associates - bring exceptional talent and purpose to our mission. David's extensive knowledge of constitutional law and creativity as a legal thinker are an asset and an inspiration to HRC's legal staff."

"We are honored that the Human Rights Campaign is giving us this award," said Remes. "Lawyers in private practice, particularly at large firms, have an obligation to promote justice. People should not be punished simply for being who they are."

Covington & Burling managing partner Stuart C. Stock stated, "Our firm's commitment to pro bono legal services includes the very important work we do with the Human Rights Campaign."

The HRC National Ally of Justice Award was created to recognize legal allies, coalition partners and others in the legal profession who have made significant contributions to HRC's work in support of equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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