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Hogan Lovells Partner Neal Katyal Receives Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund 2015 Justice in Action Award

24 February 2015

WASHINGTON, 24 February, 2015 – Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that The Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF) honored partner Neal Katyal with a 2015 Justice in Action Award. He received the award at AALDEF's Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Monday, 23 February, 2015 in New York City. AALDEF honored Neal in recognition of his professional and personal accomplishments as one of the nation’s most influential Asian American lawyers and his longtime commitment to social justice. Neal has argued 24 cases before the United States Supreme Court, most recently securing a landmark victory in a whistleblower case before The Court for former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean, a pro bono client.

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and efforts in advancing social justice. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, Congressman John Lewis, David Henry Hwang, Sandra Leung, Fareed Zakaria, Jose Antonio Vargas, BD Wong, Don H. Liu, Mira Nair, Deval Patrick, George Takei, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Harry Belafonte, Seymour Hersh, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn, John G. Chou, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.
“I am humbled and honored by this award, which means a great deal to me,” Katyal said. “Lawyers play a crucial role in driving this country toward an even fairer and more humane land, and I've been fortunate to work with so many who are involved in this important work."

Since 1974, AALDEF has been protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans across the nation through litigation, advocacy, organizing, and community education. All proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala will go directly towards supporting AALDEF's legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, educational equity, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.


The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

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