5 January 2009 -  Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, has received a 2008 National Law Journal Pro Bono Award for its work with “The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies.”  The List Project, founded by Kirk W. Johnson, is a nonprofit organization that helps resettle Iraqis whose lives are at risk because of their affiliation with the United States military and reconstruction effort in Iraq. 

Each year, the National Law Journal recognizes the firms that have done the most to uphold the legal profession’s responsibility to ensure that people’s legal rights are not contingent on their ability to pay.  Holland & Knight and Proskauer Rose were also recognized for their work with The List Project.

“The List Project is a remarkable opportunity for Mayer Brown attorneys to use their legal skills to assist those who put themselves in danger for the US,” said Marc Kadish, Director of Pro Bono Activities at Mayer Brown.  “The firm looks forward to our continued involvement in this worthy initiative.”

Much of Mayer Brown’s work in support of The List Project involves helping the Iraqis secure refugee status by counseling them about their options, filing the necessary paperwork, preparing them for interviews, and advocating for them in the refugee process.  In many cases, lawyers have gone way beyond legal work, the  National Law Journal noted. 

To date, nearly 300 Iraqis have been brought to the US as a result of The List Project.  Mayer Brown launched its partnership with The List Project in 2008, and to date has accepted more than 80 cases, with over 70 attorneys from every US office participating in this effort.  Through funding provided by The List Project, Basma Zaiber, an Iraqi refugee who came to the US through The List Project, now works in Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C. office as a paralegal and coordinates the firm’s activities related to the initiative. 

 “There has been a greater breadth of participation in The List Project than any other pro bono effort in the firm’s history,” said Marcia Maack, Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities at Mayer Brown.  “We are honored to be a part of this important undertaking.”  For more information on The List Project, click here.