Morrison & Foerster’s Steve Kaufmann, a financial services litigation partner based in Washington, D.C., was recently honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as a “Best New Board Member.” Mr. Kaufmann and his co-recipient, the Honorable Shira Scheindlin, were presented with this prestigious award during the committee’s 2018 Annual Awards Reception in New York on December 5.
This latest recognition is indicative of the long-standing relationship that Morrison & Foerster has had with the storied Civil Rights organization and the firm’s ongoing commitment to equal justice under the law. The late Bob Raven, a Morrison & Foerster alumnus and former president of the American Bar Association, served as a member and leader of the Board for many years—a tradition continued by Mr. Kaufmann as well as current San Francisco partner Jack Londen and retired New York partner Chet Kerr.
Mr. Kaufmann joined the Lawyers’ Committee in challenging North Carolina’s non-compliance with the National Voter Registration Act in Action NC v. Strach. The case resulted in the U.S. District Court judge ordering the state to take actions to ensure that citizens who registered through DMV and Social Services centers were able to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day and for a settlement that leads to substantial improvement in the State’s voter registration processes.
The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to eradicating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity. Founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the organization enlists the leadership and resources of the private bar to support efforts relating to election integrity and voter rights, civil rights enforcement, and discrimination within the criminal justice system.
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