S&C Receives Beacon of Justice Award from National Legal Aid & Defender Association

June 26, 2014

On June 26, the Firm received a Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) at their Exemplar Award Dinner for the work of Mr. Steinberg, Ms. Aliyasova, Ms. Stamenova-Dancheva, Ms. Lawson-Remer and Mr. Murtagh on the Franco-Gonzalez, et al. v. Holder litigation. Since 2010, S&C has partnered with the ACLU and other public interest organizations to represent a class of mentally disabled immigration detainees, on whose behalf we obtained a permanent injunction guaranteeing the right to legal representation for immigration detainees who are not competent to represent themselves in their immigration proceedings, a decision, which has been hailed as a significant extension of Gideon v. Wainwright. Mr. Viapiano attended NLADA’s award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Firm.