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Dechert LLP’s Princeton Office Receives Special Recognition Pro Bono Award for 2008

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Princeton office of Dechert LLP received a Special Recognition Pro Bono Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association for its exemplary pro bono services. Matthew DelDuca, Esq. accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City on May 21.

Dechert LLP is an international law firm with offices in 17 cities and has approximately 1100 lawyers. The Princeton office, opened in 1987, currently consists of 31 attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to providing pro bono services to those in need. In 2007, Dechert Princeton lawyers billed over 2400 pro bono hours, representing 4.4% of its total billable hours. Every full-time lawyer in the Princeton office participated in the pro bono program.

Dechert Princeton is a member of the U.S. District Court Pro Bono Panel and was the recipient of the Court’s annual Pro Bono Award in 2007. The firm was nominated for its long-standing commitment to pro bono cases, highlighted by its representation of plaintiffs in the Jackson case. Jackson involved allegations of racial profiling by New Jersey state troopers. Dechert Princeton is also representing a group of six minority-owned casino bus tour companies in litigation involving claims that they have been subjected to racial profiling by state inspectors working for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s Commercial Bus Division. Dechert Princeton lawyers have also been asked by the District Court to handle prisoner lawsuits alleging mistreatment by prison guards.

Since September, 2003, Dechert Princeton has sponsored and maintained a pro bono program with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (“TASK”), aimed at bringing quality legal services to patrons of the soup kitchen who are in need of legal representation.

Dechert Princeton is also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) Cooperating Attorney Program. In 2007, they represented the ACLU as Amicus Curiae before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Mason v. The City of Hoboken, a case that involved the public’s right of access to government records under the Open Public Records Act.

Dechert Princeton lawyers are also working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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