Steven Kaplan Receives Minnesota Innocence Project’s 2015 Never Forgotten Award
Attorney Steven Kaplan (now retired) received the Minnesota Innocence Project’s Never Forgotten Award on October 8, 2015, for his tireless work in helping to free the wrongfully accused and convicted.
Fredrikson & Byron Honored for Its Efforts in AmLaw’s Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year
Fredrikson & Byron’s pro bono involvement with the Signal International Litigation was honored with eleven other law firms.
Two Fredrikson & Byron Pro Bono Teams Receive Minnesota Lawyer’s 2015 Attorneys of the Year Award
Attorneys from Fredrikson & Byron’s Signal Human Trafficking Team and the Larry Stigen Team were selected to receive the Minnesota Lawyer’s 2015 Attorney of the Year Award. Honorees were selected based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services, and public service. The nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients and fellow attorneys. The honorees come from practice groups including criminal law, litigation, public service, intellectual property and in-house legal departments. Minnesota Lawyer will host its 16th Annual Attorney of the Year ceremony on February 18 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year
Please join us in congratulating Joe Cassioppi, our Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year. Joe began volunteering with Children’s Law Center of Minnesota during his first few months as a new associate at Fredrikson & Byron. His first case was a tough one, involving a troubled young child who had been accused of inappropriately touching his foster sister. Like so many children who are brought up in abusive situations, Joe’s client had no way of knowing the behavior was not acceptable. Even at his young age, Joe’s client was charged with sexual misconduct, and faced a life labeled as a sexual predator. Undaunted, Joe began working with his client and the client’s public defender to fight the charges. Joe also worked with CLC staff and social workers to put a plan in place to assure that this child received necessary and appropriate guidance and counseling. Due to Joe’s involvement and continued mentoring, the client has thrived, was adopted and is now a successful young adult attending college. Since that first case, Joe has continued to represent children and vulnerable adults in difficult circumstances through Children’s Law Center and Volunteer Lawyers Network. Fredrikson & Byron is proud to recognize Joe’s dedication to providing pro bono legal services to the disadvantaged.