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MAY 18, 2015 – Karen Henry, counsel in the media and litigation practice groups of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has been honored for “Outstanding Public Service” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Henry was one of five legal professionals recognized with the Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award at a reception on May 15.

The award is named for a longtime Los Angeles municipal court judge who was a nationally known leader for minorities in the legal profession and an innovator in the administration of law.

Henry was recognized for her successful effort to win asylum for a Salvadoran man who had escaped to this country after being subjected to ongoing gang threats on his life when it became known he was gay.

“There was no place in El Salvador, or in Central America, to escape the persecution he was subject to,” says Henry, who handled the case pro bono. Her client is now living and working in Los Angeles.

Last month, Henry was named to The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 in Southern California. The National Black Lawyers is an invitation-only honorary organization whose mission is to promote excellence in the legal profession. According to the organization, the Top 100 list is composed of the 100 black lawyers in each state or region who best exemplify superior qualifications and leadership in their area of specialty.

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