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Hogan Lovells Partner Honored With Leadership, Civil Rights Award

16 June 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., 16 June 2010 – Hogan Lovells US LLP partner John "Jack" C. Keeney, Jr., has been selected to receive the 2010 Wiley A. Branton Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The annual award is the Committee's highest recognition, and it is presented to an individual or individuals who exemplify leadership and commitment to equal justice and civil rights. This year's awards luncheon will take place on 16 June at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.

For nearly three decades, Jack's tireless commitment as a champion of pro bono service has served a critical role in securing civil rights for a number of people, leading teams of lawyers in successful cases which include the desegregation of a Baltimore condominium complex, a major case challenging a taxi-cab company refusing to provide service to African-American customers, and a class action lawsuit on behalf of pregnant Medicaid recipients denied prenatal and obstetric care. In addition to his role as a civil rights litigator, Jack has also drafted reports on state hate crimes, language barrier documentation, and he helped create the legal framework for the pioneering advocacy agency, the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.

"I am truly grateful to be recognized with this award," remarked Jack. "Wiley Branton personified the ideal for pro bono, legal service, and I stand in great company to be included among the past and present honorees."

For more than 40 years, The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has represented individuals and groups seeking vindication of their civil rights with claims of discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, disability, age, religion, and sexual orientation in matters of employment, housing, and other aspects of city life. For more information, visit www.washlaw.org.

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