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Jones DayStandoutHelping tenants in action against landlords79723Working with the DC Bar, the firm has empowered tenants suffering from housing violations. It created a template way of processing tenants grievances in the US Superior Court, which has been replicated by other law firms representing similar plaintiffs
White & CaseStandoutA different approach to furthering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in the military86822Since the firm decided to challenge the constitutionality of the US military’s “Don't ask, don't tell” policy, the issue has been pushed up the government’s agenda and become high profile
Paul HastingsStandoutPadilla versus Kentucky77721The case work for José Padilla is potentially an upheaval in the law relating to the US constitution’s sixth amendment. Mr Padilla was at risk of deportation to Honduras after poor legal advice from his attorney. The firm argued that he had been deprived of effective legal counsel and that the consequences of deportation outweighed the criminal risk
Jenner & BlockStandoutNken versus Holder77721Unusual victory for an associate in the US Supreme Court on a case that argued that asylum applicants should not be deported while their cases were still in motion
Sullivan & CromwellHighly commendedCole versus Arkansas77620Challenged Arkansas' Act 1, which prohibits unmarried co-habiting couples from adopting or fostering children. The firm argued that the children of Arkansas did not benefit from the law
Jenner & BlockHighly commendedChicago Urban League versus Illinois77620A lawsuit that could potentially change school funding in the Illinois and affect 400,000 children in Chicago alone. The firm argues that current funding methods disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority students
Sullivan & CromwellHighly commendedGillman versus School Board for Holmes County, Florida67619Victorious in protecting the rights of students at Ponce de Leon High School to express their support of gay rights after several were suspended and others threatened for displaying pro-gay-pride symbols
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