WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2011 — Longtime Covington & Burling senior counsel Jim McKay received the National Veterans Legal Services Program Senator Daniel Inouye Award for his “unyielding support for veterans, service members and military families.”
The Honorable Lanny Breuer, a former Covington partner, presented the award to Mr. McKay during the NVLSP’s third annual benefit. Well-known in the D.C. legal community for his work as an attorney, Mr. McKay, a 94-year-old World War II veteran who joined Covington in 1948, has personally handled 24 pro bono legal cases for veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
“I never did it for any award,” said Mr. McKay. “I never expected anything like this.”
The NVLSP is an independent, nonprofit veterans’ service organization that has served active duty military personnel and veterans since 1980.
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. The American Lawyer has ranked Covington at or near the top of its annual pro bono survey for the past 19 years.