For the firm’s work in championing social justice and the rule of law amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Financial Times shortlisted Munger, Tolles & Olson for an Innovative Lawyers North America award.
The official category for which Munger Tolles was shortlisted – “Social justice and the rule of law: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic” – recognizes firms that have launched special projects to help with the response to the global pandemic. Only eight firms were shortlisted for this honor.
Financial Times selected Munger Tolles for the shortlist for a number of efforts in the space of social justice. Munger Tolles prevailed on behalf of the NAACP, school districts and students as plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging a Department of Education and Betsy DeVos rule that would have siphoned off hundreds of millions of CARES Act funds away from the public schools they were meant to help for the benefit of affluent private school students.
Additionally, Munger Tolles partnered with the ACLU of Southern California, the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of San Diego, ACLU of Washington, D.C. and the D.C. Public Defender Service to bring numerous actions against government officials for failing to implement proper protocols in its jail to protect the rights and health of prisoners during the pandemic.
Additionally, at the very start of the pandemic, the firm helped launch LA Represents with the Mayor’s Office and others to provide free legal services to those in our community affected by the pandemic.
To read more about this award, head to Financial Times’ website.