Friday, May 15, 2009

Jayne E. Fleming of Reed Smith: 2009 Matthew Bender Daniel Levy Award Recipient

Fleming,je_200602162923 Jayne E. Fleming of Reed Smith has been named the 2009 Matthew Bender Daniel Levy Award Recipient.  Since January 2007, Fleming has led Reed Smith’s 50-attorney Human Rights Team to 30 straight asylum-, SIJS- and detention-related victories for refugees from around the world. Jayne, has handled more than 20 pro bono asylum cases, which have involved matters of racial, political, religious and gender-based persecution; forced labor and human trafficking; and the rights of immigrant children. To date, none of her clients have ever been deported, and several of the published decisions in her cases have had major impacts on U.S. immigration law in recognizing the rights of women, LGTB clients and child refugees.   Fleming serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and on the Board of Directors of Survivors International. She runs pro bono mentoring programs at UC Berkeley School of Law’s California Asylum Representation Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Immigrant Rights Project. Fleming’s work includes an ongoing mission in Central America to network with relief agencies and examine the root causes of violence and poverty in the region. In this work, she is intimately involved with several international organizations and San Francisco-based Legal Services for Children (LSC) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

The award ceremony and reception will be held at the American Immigraion Lawyers Association  conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.,

A member of the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Daniel Levy died at the age of 48 on September 14, 2001, in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Levy was a prolific author, litigator, and scholar, and was widely known and loved by many in the immigration bar. With this annual award Matthew Bender seeks to honor an individual who emulates the values that informed Mr. Levy’s life and work: - enthusiastic advocacy on behalf of immigrant clients; - deep scholarship in immigration law; and - an expansive vision of justice.

UPDATE:  Here are Jayne Fleming's remarks upon receipt of the award.


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