Morrison & Foerster’s legal team representing the National Abortion Federation (NAF) was honored to receive the 2016 Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award at NAF’s Annual Meeting on April 18 in Austin, Texas. The award is NAF’s highest distinction and honors significant, lifetime contributions in the field of abortion service delivery and/or policy. Prior winners of the award include the ACLU, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and three United States senators.
The firm’s legal team received this award for its pro bono representation of NAF and its members in the suit National Abortion Federation (NAF) v. Biomax Procurement Services LLC, The Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden (AKA “Robert Sarkis”), and Troy Newman. MoFo filed suit on behalf of NAF, the professional association of abortion providers in North America, in July 2015 in order to protect against the disclosure of secretly recorded videos of abortion providers taken at NAF’s annual meetings. The earlier release of similar, misleadingly edited videos caused an unprecedented spike in hate speech, threats, and violence perpetrated against abortion providers. On behalf of NAF, Morrison & Foerster secured a temporary restraining order, and on February 5, 2016, the federal district court granted NAF’s motion for a preliminary injunction, protecting the safety and security of abortion providers and their staff members.
San Francisco partner Derek Foran, and associates Nick Napolitan and Christopher Robinson, attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the firm’s legal team.