Each year, Davis Wright 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 Jeff Glasser, a sixth-year associate in our San Francisco office, who provided over 200 hours of pro bono legal service in 2012 alone.
Glasser entered law school after almost eight years as a journalist and researcher, including three years spent helping Bob Woodward write a book about the Clinton Administration. He has built on that experience with a practice focused on First Amendment and media work. His pro bono efforts have been largely dedicated to opening up public records.
An application for asylum can be a life-or-death matter for some clients. That’s why Davis Wright Tremaine is working to ensure that asylum applicants have access to all the information they need to present their best case to the U.S. government.
Recently the federal government has hamstrung applicants and their lawyers by withholding, or delaying the release of, key documents. Two attorneys in DWT’s San Francisco office are serving as pro bono counsel in a Freedom of Information Act and declaratory relief lawsuit, filed in February in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, that seeks to stop this practice, which is occurring throughout the nation.