Each year, DWT honors one associate at the firm who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to pro bono service. This year, the Heart of Justice Award was given to James Corning, a litigation associate in our Seattle office.
Corning describes his commitment to pro bono work this way: “For too many people, the doors to the courthouse are closed because they cannot afford the high cost of legal representation. Instead, they are forced to represent themselves without any legal experience or training, and their struggles are among the most important they face in their lives—preserving housing, fighting unlawful discrimination, avoiding deportation, protecting themselves from domestic violence, and so on. The very least we can do is donate some small portion of our time to help that underserved population get equal access to the justice system.”
Other nominees for the award were Alison Schary (DC), Yonatan Berkovits (NYC) and Vanessa Norman (ANCH).