International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that the Federal Bar Council will recognize Dorsey Of Counsel Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, along with other nominees for the Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service, at a summer reception on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York.
Mr. Colangelo-Bryan has devoted a very substantial portion of his practice to pro bono representations, with a focus on national security, human rights and civil rights matters. He has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees; served as co-counsel with the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union on a putative class action civil rights lawsuits; and has served as counsel to several undocumented immigrations whose civil rights had been violated. It is clear that Mr. Colangelo-Bryan has shown a continuing dedication to serving those who are vulnerable and underserved. In addition, he consistently encourages other attorneys to perform pro bono work, and has mentored many younger attorneys on his pro bono matters.
“Community is a Dorsey core value, and pro bono work is one of the most important ways we give back to the community”, said Eric Ruzicka, the Firm’s Pro Bono Partner. “We are extremely proud that Joshua’s pro bono work has been recognized by the Federal Bar Council.”
As a candidate for the Thurgood Marshall Award, Mr. Colangelo-Bryan belongs to an impressive group of nominees for the award. The Thurgood Marshall Award recognizes and celebrates lawyers in private practice who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to pro bono legal service, and who have provided or facilitated the provision of pro bono service in federal courts or agencies within the Second Circuit.