Arnold & Porter Recognized for Innovative Pro Bono Special Education Representation
WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2012 – Arnold & Porter LLP and the General Electric Company received an award from the Children’s Law Center on September 13 for their “innovative” joint pro bono special education representation efforts. Both firms were honored during the non-profit’s evening Helping Children Soar Benefit at the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant in the nation’s capital.
“We are convinced that effective early intervention services and accommodations help at-risk children build skills essential for success in school, as well as in life,” said Phil Horton a partner at Arnold & Porter and chair of the firm’s pro bono committee.“It has been a privilege to partner with our client, GE, and Children’s Law Center to help advance the true spirit of equal opportunity, in which no child is left behind simply because they have learning differences and are struggling in school.”
According to a Children’s Law Center press release, its staff lawyers work directly with thousands of low-income children and families across the District. In addition, hundreds of pro bono attorneys represent children and caregivers with mentorship from Children’s Law Center staff.
“The opportunity to help children achieve at school has been an ideal way for GE’s legal team to get involved and make a difference,” stated Aimee Imundo, senior counsel at GE. “Through our partnership with Arnold & Porter and Children’s Law Center, we’re imagining a world where children’s health concerns don’t compromise their educational success, and we’re helping to make this a reality in the District.”
Arnold & Porter Chairman Thomas Milch accepted the CLC’s award on behalf of the firm.