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Tom Leatherbury Receives Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award

The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section has honored Vinson & Elkins senior partner Tom Leatherbury with the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award.

The award recognizes TIPS members who have demonstrated a commitment to justice for all citizens and dedication to pro bono service.

Leatherbury is an appellate attorney in V&E’s Dallas office with four decades of experience in state and federal appeals and trials. He has worked on commercial, tort, intellectual property and health care cases, as well as class actions. He regularly represents traditional and digital publishers, as well as broadcasters, in all aspects of media litigation, including libel, privacy, reporter’s privilege, newsgathering and access actions.

He also serves as Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Focused on First Amendment issues including free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly and petition, the clinic is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation, created by Dr. Frank Stanton, long-time former president of CBS from 1946 to 1971.

“Tom Leatherbury is an incredible lawyer and an extraordinary champion for justice and pro bono work,” said TIPS Chair Gary L. Gassman. “His pro bono work ranges from teaching continuing legal education to pro bono work in immigration, constitutional and family law. It is passionate advocates like Tom Leatherbury who are making the world a better place through his commitment and dedication, and we are thrilled to recognize him with the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award.”

Among many other honors, Leatherbury was recently recognized by The American Lawyer as the winner of the 2021 Tony Mauro Media Lawyer Award. He was also awarded the Patrick Wiseman Award in 2021. The Patrick Wiseman Award is given by the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section of the State Bar of Texas “in recognition of outstanding contributions to civil rights and civil liberties in Texas.”

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