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September 4, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, September 4, 2013 — The National Legal Aid & Defender Association recognized Covington & Burling’s pro bono commitment with its 2013 Beacon of Justice award. Covington was among 17 law firms honored for providing significant pro bono representation to secure the mandate of Gideon v. Wainwright, which fifty years ago established the right to counsel for people accused of a crime and facing a loss of liberty. Covington was selected for its investment of time and resources in partnerships that expand access to counsel for people unable to afford it. “It is an honor to be recognized with the Beacon of Justice award,” said Alan Pemberton, co-chair of Covington’s public service committee, “especially because NLADA is such a preeminent organization devoted to securing access to counsel for the indigent.” Founded in 1911, the NLADA is this country’s oldest and largest non-profit association of individual legal professionals and legal organizations devoted to ensuring the delivery of legal services to the poor. The award will be presented at an award dinner on September 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Covington has had a strong commitment to public service since its founding in 1919. The firm encourages all of its lawyers to participate in pro bono work, and devotes significant resources to finding pro bono projects that reflect the diverse interests of its lawyers.