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Vinson & Elkins Receives 2017 Marvin Frankel Award

Published: 10-18-2017

Human Rights First has selected Vinson & Elkins to receive a 2017 Marvin Frankel Award for the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to refugees and asylum seekers.

Human Rights First is a nonprofit, nonpartisan international human rights organization that works to protect refugees, combat torture and defend persecuted minorities by harnessing American influence to secure core freedoms around the world.

Under the leadership of Judge Marvin Frankel, a founder of Human Rights First and former Chairman of its Board of  Directors, the organization developed a nationally recognized pro bono representation program with attorneys in the New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Los Angeles metro areas providing free legal representation to thousands of refugees from more than 100 countries.

V&E's Houston office is commended by Human Rights First as never shying away from challenging cases, taking on 10 since the organization opened its Houston office in 2014. Beyond direct legal representation, V&E has partnered with Human Rights First on programs addressing how best to leverage pro bono services in the name of immigrants and asylum seekers, including the 2017 Texas Pro Bono Summit and a discussion in 2016 on the impact of backlogs in the immigration courts and asylum system.

In recognition of “the high level of client dedication and professional competence that is Vinson & Elkins’s hallmark,” Human Rights First also presented the firm with the Pro Bono Star Award in October 2016.

“Receiving this award from Human Rights First is a tremendous honor,” said Ellyn Josef, V&E’s Pro Bono Counsel. “Our lawyers do this work because it is important, meaningful and saves lives.”

In Judge Frankel’s memory, the awards pay tribute to law firms like V&E carrying on his dedication to public service. Honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Human Rights First Awards Dinner on October 18, 2017 in New York City. 

Watch the 2017 Marvin Frankel Award Recipients video, from Human Rights First.


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