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    June 5, 2008  


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Yesterday the Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, celebrating its 40th anniversary, gave its highest honors for advocacy, the Wiley Branton Awards, at the Grand Hyatt with a luncheon for 700 guests. This year's winners: Pillsbury partner Dave Cynamon and Coca Cola North America GC Leslie Turner. The traditional 40th anniversary theme is ruby, but bling is out with this understated crowd, so Dave and Leslie just got certificates.   


As you can see, Dave is a towering figure in the legal community—here, flanked by John and Antonia Gore of consulting firm Political Solutions International. The top-rated litigator was singled out for his long-time work on Committee cases, like one against Circuit City for racial discrimination and a handicap-access suit against Cracker Barrel. Dave has also been honored for defending habeas corpus rights of Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo Bay. He's off to Turkey in the fall as part of a 14-member Jewish study group.    


Crowell & Moring partner Cliff Zatz with honoree Leslie Turner. Now based in Atlanta, Leslie joined Coke in 2006 after 10 years at Akin Gump, where the Georgetown Law grad co-chaired the pro bono committee, working on civil rights cases in the housing sector. She successfully challenged a DC landlord's refusal to accept housing vouchers, and another case (still pending) dealt with the claims of 20 African-American homeowners in Charles County, MD whose houses were burned in a hate crime. What Coke products does she like best? The berry flavors of Glaceau water



Jim Miller, the newest addition to Winston & Strawn, is a rare tax man who seems to be on everybody's good side. Most recently of Hunton & Williams, where he started the legislative practice, Jim's diverse allies—he worked for Bush 41's Office of Tax Policy and hosts a fundraiser for Nancy Pelosi next week—make him an asset in energy, healthcare, and affordable housing advocacy. He'll need all those strange bedfellows when the Senate votes soon on modernizing the low-income housing tax credit that has big implications for one of his clients.

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