Stacey Slater, who has been a litigator at Nixon Peabody for the past 10 years, has been named the firm's first pro bono partner. She will administer the firm's expanding pro bono program, and head Nixon Peabody's Pro Bono Committee, which meets regularly and consists of at least one partner from most of the firm's 16 offices.
In a statement announcing the appointment, Nixon Peabody said the move demonstrates the firm's dedication to pro bono work and its desire to give back to the community.
Through her work with Human Rights First, Ms. Slater has successfully represented several refugee clients seeking asylum in the United States including a monk from Tibet, two young men from Sudan and the Republic of Congo, and a young woman from The Gambia. In these cases, the clients seeking asylum were fleeing persecution in their homelands and would have faced arrest, torture and possible execution if deported.