Arnold & Porter LLP Named to The National Law Journal's 2013 Pro Bono Hot List
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2013 -- Arnold & Porter LLP has been named to the National Law Journal's 2013 Pro Bono Hot List. The firm was one of 10 legal organizations selected to the special report's list this year. The National Law Journal editors selected the 2013 Pro Bono Hot List winners from nominations illustrating pro bono work that had a wide-reaching social or financial impact, entailed significant financial sacrifice or exposed attorneys to criticism due to clients' unpopularity.
Partner David Gersch was specifically noted for his work in leading a 19-member team of firm lawyers in a "politically-charged fight" to protect voter rights in Pennsylvania.
"We are honored to receive this recognition from the National Law Journal," said Richard M. Alexander, Arnold & Porter's Managing Partner. "We are proud of our pro bono commitment and our work on this case. The principles involved in this case were of national importance."
In March 2012, Pennsylvania adopted a strict photo identification law. Evidence demonstrated that many registered voters did not have identification types acceptable under the law and that many would not be able to obtain one. In July, Arnold & Porter's team, led by Gersch, along with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Center of Philadelphia, the Advancement Project, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the NAACP and the Homeless Advocacy Project, went to trial to challenge the constitutionality of the law.
Arnold & Porter succeeded in showing that there was no evidence of in-person voter fraud. After two hearings and a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, a trial judge enjoined Pennsylvania from enforcing the law during the November elections. "This case was essential to protecting the right to vote," Gersch said. "Everyone on the team believed in [its] enormous importance." The Arnold & Porter LLP team also included Michael Rubin, Dorian Hurley, Rosemary Smith, Dana Peterson, Stanton Jones, Whitney Moore, Joseph Schlingbaum, Daniel Bernstein, Rachel Frankel, Dawn Yamane Hewett, Bassel Korkor, Marissa Styne, Susan Rabinowitz, Christine Lao, Cathy Hoffman, John Freedman, Donna Patterson, Mark Colley and Kelby Ballena.