This Thursday, April 26, Legal Aid will be celebrating its 80th anniversary at our 23rd annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner. That evening, Jonathan G. Lin, an associate in the litigation department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, will be receiving the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence. The Klepper Prize was created through the generosity of Martin and Arlene Klepper in order to recognize an attorney early in her or his career who has made a significant volunteer contribution to Legal Aid.
Throughout his career, Jonathan has maintained an active pro bono practice, integrating pro bono into his legal career. Jonathan’s pro bono relationship with Legal Aid began in 2009 when Simpson Thacher took on several landlord and tenant matters from Legal Aid. While a number of the firm’s DC-based attorneys have worked on cases referred from Legal Aid over the past three years (and could justly be recognized for their work), Jonathan has emerged as a leader on this project. He has represented several clients in housing cases referred by Legal Aid. He has also been a mentor to other attorneys in the office working on matters referred from Legal Aid, ensuring that, with each case, the team is pursuing the right angles and getting good results for their clients. He also has found ways to engage new associates and summer associates in the pro bono matters referred from Legal Aid.
Most recently, Mr. Lin obtained an injunction, fines, and significant damages on behalf of a pro bono housing client after nearly two years of proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Please consider joining us for our Servant of Justice Awards Dinner, this Thursday at 6.30 pm, at the JW Marriott Hotel. Attorney General Eric Holder will be the keynote speaker. In addition to Jonathan Lin, we will also be honoring James vanR. Springer and Susan M. Hoffmann with Legal Aid’s highest honor, the Servant of Justice Award. Blog entries on Jim and Susie to follow over the next two days.