Alexa M. Lawson-RemerSpecial Counsel
Ms. Lawson-Remer has an active pro bono practice. She was twice honored by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California with its “Equal Justice Advocacy Award” for her work on a federal class action brought on behalf of mentally ill immigrants in government custody, which included securing a precedent-setting permanent injunction requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Attorney General and the Executive Office of Immigration Review to provide legal representation to class members in their immigration proceedings. For this work, Ms. Lawson-Remer and the S&C team received the “Law Firm Pro Bono Award” from Public Counsel, the largest pro bono firm in the nation; she was also individually honored by former Congressman Henry Waxman. Ms. Lawson-Remer has also assisted in securing asylum for a Guatemalan refugee who fled to the United States at the age of 17 to escape physical torture and sexual abuse, and an asylum applicant from El Salvador in his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for refuge and protection in the United States from gangs of organized criminals and kidnappers with ties to the El Salvadoran government. In 2018, Alexa received the National LGBT Bar Association's Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award, which recognizes LGBT legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.