Recognitions – Fredrikson & Byron · Fredrikson

2008 Beacon of Justice Award

Fredrikson & Byron was honored with the 2008 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association. This award honors law firms that have provided significant pro bono representation to people on death row, specifically recognizing those firms whose commitment to pro bono death penalty representation goes above and beyond the norm. Fredrikson was one of 15 firms nationally to be so honored. Our commitment to working on death penalty cases goes back a number of years. A team led by Clint Cutler[22], Tom Fraser, and John Koneck[23] tirelessly represented Dobie Gillis Williams from 1987 through January 1999. Mr. Williams’ spiritual advisor, Sister Helen Prejean, highlighted this case in her book The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. Steve Kaplan and Richard Kyle, co-counseling with the Capital Post-Conviction Center in Louisiana and Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo University of Law, currently represent Damon Thibodeaux, an innocent man who has been on death row in Louisiana since his conviction in 1997.

MEDA Volunteer of the Year

Fredrikson & Byron has a proud, strong history of working with the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA). Founded in 1971 by Fredrikson lawyer John Stout[24] and other community leaders, this organization works with entrepreneurs of color, providing invaluable business and legal assistance to help them foster community stability and growth. This year, two Fredrikson lawyers were recognized for their assistance to MEDA and one of its clients.

Lynn Gardin, Fredrikson & Byron Attorney Lynn GardinLynn Gardin has worked with MEDA for a number of years, beginning in 1995 when she drafted the original MEDA Bank Consortium agreements that allowed the sharing of risk between five banks and created a pool of millions of dollars in capital to finance MEDA clients. In 2007, Lynn began to redraft the agreements to meet new regulatory requirements. As MEDA Director George Jacobsen stated at the award luncheon: “With an efficient and no-nonsense approach to business, Lynn has been a reliable and wise sounding board, advisor and legal expert for MEDA for more than a decade. …She has been steadfast in her attention to detail and responsive to crafting documents upon which a half dozen attorneys could agree. We are so thankful for her commitment!”

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