Quarles & Brady: Receives 2010 Beacon of Justice Award

Caroline Letiecq, Communications Manager


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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (October 7, 2010) —The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the Firm has been selected as a recipient of the 2010 Beacon of Justice Award from The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). The award was presented at the annual NLADA Exemplar Awards Dinner on October 6, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

The award honors law firms that have made a significant contribution to pro bono representation in the area of immigration law. Quarles & Brady is being presented with this honor for its partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, on a Milwaukee County lawsuit involving allegations against so-called Notarios, nonlawyers who provide immigration advice to poor immigrants. Quarles & Brady attorneys Lars Gulbrandsen, John Remington and Marcus Wester handled the bulk of the work on this case, which is now on appeal.

“Our firm makes a concerted effort to encourage and support pro bono service by our attorneys,” said Mike Gonring, a partner and the national pro bono coordinator of Quarles & Brady. “While the real reward is knowing that we have assisted others in a time of need, having our attorneys’ hard work recognized by a national group like NLADA is a true honor.”

The NLADA, founded in 1911, is the United States’ oldest and largest nonprofit association of individual legal professionals and legal organizations devoted to ensuring the delivery of legal services to the poor. For nearly 100 years, NLADA has secured access to justice for people who cannot afford counsel through the creation and improvement of legal institutions, advocacy, training and the development of nationally applicable standards. NLADA serves as the collective voice for both civil legal services and public defense services throughout the nation.

Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago, Ill.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. The Firm offers an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the Firm may be found at http://www.quarles.com.