Jones Day named to Pro Bono Hot List 2019 by The National Law Journal
Jones Day has been named to The National Law Journal's "2019 Pro Bono Hot List" for its success in several major pro bono initiatives, ranging from ensuring access to the Rule of Law for refugees including its Laredo Project; combating human trafficking and slavery around the world; deterring and punishing hate crimes and incidents; advancing the rights of veterans in need of legal services and securing the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing. Jones Day is one of only 16 firms across the nation to receive such recognition.
The "2019 Pro Bono Hot List" focused on lawyers and law firms that took on "some of the biggest issues of our time." In its profile of Jones Day's efforts, The National Law Journal asked the Firm’s head of Pro Bono Laura Tuell about recent successes.
One key highlight was the Firm's involvement in one of the first civil cases filed under the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act in the U.S. Jones Day acted on behalf of a young Ethiopian woman who had been trafficked by a U.S. State Department employee posted in Yemen. The Washington-based Jones Day team prevailed on trial where the jury found the former diplomat liable under the TVPA for forced labor and commercial sex trafficking. This remarkable win, securing $3 million in damages for the client, was only the second TVPA case to garner a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff. It was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 2019.
Another major pro bono victory was Jones Day’s representation of a Salvadoran couple under threat for their role as former police officers and community leaders in opposing gang violence. "We won asylum for both clients after more than 20 months of asylum proceedings, including detention proceedings, motions for bond, transfer of venue and consolidation, and a joint asylum trial," Tuell told The National Law Journal.