Munger, Tolles & Olson is pleased to announce that the ACLU Foundation of Southern California has awarded Bradley Phillips, Stephen Kristovich, Fadia Rafeedie Khoury, Wesley Shih and Jeff Bowen its Equal Justice Advocacy Award for their co-representation of two victims of the government’s forcible drugging policy. Their work will be honored on Thursday, June 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Past practice by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office consisted of administering anti-psychotic drugs to detainees they felt would be a danger to others, often without a court order and regardless of whether there actually was a history of mental illness. After the ACLU filed an earlier lawsuit on behalf of Amadou Diouf of Sengal and Raymond Soeoth of Indonesia, U.S. immigration officials revised their policy to prevent detainees from being involuntarily sedated without a court order. In January 2008, a settlement provided monetary reparations for the mistreatment suffered by Diouf and Soeoth.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to protect the rights of individuals and groups granted under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through litigation, advocacy and education, the ACLU and ACLU of Southern California fight for civil liberties for underrepresented groups.
Mr. Phillips is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office. His practice consists principally of complex civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts. In addition, Mr. Phillips devotes a substantial portion of his time to representing clients on a pro bono basis. He has represented classes of homeless individuals, undocumented immigrants, and prisoners, as well as numerous non-profit organizations.
Mr. Kristovich is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office. His practice consists principally of complex business, environmental and toxic tort litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout California.
Ms. Khoury, a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office, has experience in internal investigations, securities litigation, employment law, and general business litigation.
Mr. Shih is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office.
Mr. Bowen was a litigation associate with Munger Tolles from 2005-2007. He currently assists the firm on a contract basis.