Haynes and Boone Receives the Angel of Freedom Award

December 09, 2002

Allison Stuckey
or Ginger Starr
Sunwest Communications

DALLAS – Recently, Haynes and Boone, LLP, a Texas-based, full-service law firm, was honored with the Angel of Freedom Award, which is presented to individuals and/or organizations that are instrumental in the success of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. (HRI) throughout the year.

“This year HRI selected Haynes and Boone for its exceptional level of pro bono legal assistance provided to individuals in need.  The award was also presented to Haynes and Boone because of their total firm commitment and support for our clients,” said Kim Rafalski, director of volunteer services, HRI.  “Haynes and Boone worked together as an impressive team to aid others in need and we are honored to give the 2002 Angel of Freedom Award to this outstanding firm.”

An example of the outstanding pro bono assistance provided to HRI throughout the year by Haynes and Boone was its participation and success in several immigration asylum cases. The firm’s contributions in these cases helped those who were seeking asylum achieve their dream of freedom here in America.  “Haynes and Boone was honored to receive the Angel of Freedom Award for 2002,” said Alan Wright, partner with Haynes and Boone.  “The firm looks forward to continuing its commitment to providing quality pro bono legal assistance to the community.”

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated in Texas in December 1999, is dedicated to the promotion of international human rights and service to immigrants and refugees who have suffered human rights abuses.  Created by a group of dedicated legal and human services professionals and volunteers, it came into existence out of the concern for those individuals who seek safe haven in the United States after suffering persecution.  HRI represents clients from many different countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Cameroon, Angola, Ethiopia, Armenia, Iran, Kenya, Sudan, Honduras, Iraq, Uganda, Turkey, Chad, Tanzania, Burundi, Togo, and Egypt.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. is an international corporate law firm with nine offices throughout Texas, in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico City providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 450 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by National Law Journal.  AmLaw Tech Magazine Scoreboard ranked Haynes and Boone first in law firm technology in 2001. The firm has been recognized as one of the 25 “Best U.S. Law Firms at Which to Work” (Of Counsel, 2000), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2002) and recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award for commitment to diversity.

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