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Friday, November 09, 2007

SCOTT O'CONNELL, MR. PRO BONO AS WELL AS COMMERCIAL TRIAL LAWYER
Nixon Peabody Honored by Southern Center for Human Rights at Frederick Douglass Awards

For their work representing a Guantanamo Bay detainee Scott O'Connell and Brian Childs were honored this month by the Law Office of the Southern Center for Human Rights at the Center's annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. As a result of their efforts, Scott's and Brian's client has returned to his home country.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the civil and human rights of people in the criminal justice system in the South.

The Center’s legal work includes representing prisoners in challenges to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails; challenging systemic failures in the legal representation of poor people in the criminal courts; and representing people facing the death penalty who otherwise would have no representation. For more on the Center.

Nixon Peabody was in good company during the evening, as many of the country's finest law firms were represented by honored attorneys. Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times, gave the keynote address, asking those present to resist self-congratulation and redouble their efforts to make themselves useful to people and causes in need of legal aid.
 

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