2021 Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Awards


Dechert recently held its annual Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Awards, which recognize and honor those in the Dechert community who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to providing pro bono legal services. The awards were established in memory of Dechert partner Sam Klein, whose skill as a highly regarded First Amendment lawyer was as evident in his passion for public service as it was in his private practice. All award recipients are able to designate a legal services charity to which the Firm will make a donation. Learn more about the winning individuals and teams below.


COVID 19 Immigrant Detention Team

Austen Boer, Carla Graff, Kelly Krellner, John Ludwig, Stormie Mauck, Tom Miller and Will Sachse describe their work alongside the ACLU to secure the release of medically vulnerable detainees from ICE facilities.

Les Restaurants du Coeur

Corporate special counsel Sophie Lafay describes how she and Alexandra Ber, Alain Decombe, Xavier Leroux, Thibault Meiers and Sophie Montagne of Dechert’s Paris office have provided pro bono support to Les Restaurants du Cœur, a French charity dedicated to addressing food insecurity.

Oklahoma Reproductive Rights Team

Kathryn Barrett, Alyssa Clark, Linda Goldstein, Tiffany Lewis, Julia Markham-Cameron, Ben McAnaney and Samantha Rosa describe their work with the Center for Reproductive Rights to overturn an Oklahoma executive order which unconstitutionally restricted abortion access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ken Winterbottom

Corporate associate Ken Winterbottom discusses his work with the firm’s Reentry, Expungements and Pardons initiative, which helps individuals access opportunities for which they are qualified apart from previous interactions with the criminal justice system.

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