Last month, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission named Attorneys Aaron Dumas and Christa Westerberg to its Pro Bono Honor Society for 2017. Each year, the Commission honors state lawyers who have helped to provide equal access to justice under the law by performing at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services. Dumas and Westerberg exceeded the requirement, assisting a student journalist obtain public records, representing non-profit organizations, and helping mediate a case for a prisoner who alleged inadequate medical care while incarcerated.
Pines Bach attorneys Tamara Packard, Alison TenBruggencate and Lester Pines, along with Vincent Levy and Kevin Benish, attorneys from the New York law firm of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, on behalf of a Syrian man who had been granted political asylum because he had been tortured and threatened with death in Aleppo, Syria, obtained a temporary restraining order in federal court against President Trump's travel ban. The restraining order allowed our client's wife and three-year-old daughter, who were in hiding because they had been threatened with death, to escape from Aleppo, complete the necessary asylum processing and reunite with him in Madison, where they are living in safety.