Fredrikson & Byron Awarded and Recognized for Development of Linea Legal Latina
Fredrikson & Byron was also given an award and recognized for its leadership on the development and implementation of Linea Legal Latina, a legal hotline and clinic developed in collaboration with CLUES, Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Hispanic Bar. This unique program offers brief legal advice to Spanish-speakers who would not otherwise have access to the legal system. Additionally, the program serves as a referral source to appropriate organizations that can assist.
Fredrikson & Byron Received ABA National Public Service Award
Fredrikson & Byron was chosen to receive the American Bar Association Section of Business Law’s National Public Service Award. The National Public Service Award is presented annually to one individual and to one law firm or corporate legal department that have demonstrated a commitment to providing free legal services to the poor in a business context.
John Stout Received MEDA’s First-Ever “Champion of the Year” Award
John Stout was honored with the first-ever “Champion of the Year” award by MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association) at its Annual Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on June 13, 2006. The award recognized John’s 35 years of providing vision, direction, and support to minority entrepreneurs. In 1971 John, along with eight other local business people, co-founded MEDA to provide a business-focused response to increasing social unrest and barriers to full participation in America’s free enterprise system. John has served on the MEDA board of directors continuously since the founding of the organization, chaired the Board, and served on most committees, including the executive committee. In addition, John assisted MEDA and its then President, Esperanza Guerrero-Anderson, with the creation of the Milestone Growth Fund, which he chairs, and the establishment of the bank consortium behind MEDA’s loan program. In accepting his award, John recalled that: “In 1971, the vision was to help ethnic entrepreneurs gain access to, and participate in, the free enterprise system – and it is as relevant today as it was in 1971.” He also recognized the contributions of his assistant, Kristi Marchessault, who has interacted with the MEDA staff and assisted John with his MEDA service for 35 years, and thanked the leadership of Fredrikson for the firm’s steadfast support of MEDA from its inception.