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On Dec. 8, Bryan Cave received the Robert F. Mullen Pro Bono Award for its work in defending the voting rights of Georgia citizens along with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

In NAACP v. Board of Elections of Hancock County, the firm filed a claim in the Middle District of Georgia seeking to reverse steps taken by a local board of elections to purge African-American voters from the voter rolls. The court ordered that unlawfully purged voters be restored to the rolls.

In NAACP v. Governor Nathan Deal, the firm brought suit in the Southern District of Georgia under the National Voter Registration Act seeking to extend the time period for voter registration in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. In that case, the court granted a motion for preliminary injunction and required registration be extended. Approximately 1,400 individuals were thereafter permitted to register and vote in the November general election.

The Bryan Cave team involved in these cases included Partners Bill Custer and Jennifer Dempsey; Associates Julia Ost, Danielle Parrington and Christian Bromley; Paralegals Stephanie Roberts and Joellen Bringardner; and Assistant Armanda Ray-Williams.

Formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has a principal mission of securing equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Mullen Award honors a law firm that has provided extraordinary pro bono legal services on behalf of the Lawyers’ Committee clients or matters.

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