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WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2011 — The National Law Journal has named Bill Livingston, senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, a “Champion” as part of a special report honoring Washington lawyers who have advanced the practice of law in Washington and beyond the Beltway.
For the fourth year running, The National Law Journal selected “Champions and Visionaries” from the Washington legal community based on nominations and independent research. Champions are selected for upholding the profession’s core values through public service, pro bono efforts and advocacy for civil liberties. Visionaries are attorneys whose business or legal acumen has expanded their firms, improved government or advanced the law.
Mr. Livingston was singled out for his pro bono defense of Guantánamo Bay detainees. He led a team that has filed habeas corpus petitions challenging the imprisonment of seven Yemeni men held for more than a decade without charges at the naval base.
“Among the pro bono lawsuits that lawyers for Guantánamo Bay detainees have filed over the years, William Livingston's win last year for a Yemeni man marked a rare accomplishment,” The National Law Journal wrote in its special report published today.
A district court order handed down in May 2010 made it possible for one of Livingston's clients, Mohamed Mohamed Hassan Odaini, to return to Yemen. His release came despite a moratorium the Obama administration placed on the release of detainees to Yemen.