Willkie’s Shaimaa Hussein Honored By City Bar Justice Center with 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

Ms. Hussein is being recognized for her work on the Immigrant Justice Project.

Willkie partner Shaimaa Hussein has been named among the honorees set to receive the City Bar Justice Center’s 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. This award honors the commitment of attorneys in each City Bar Justice Center project to providing quality legal work, displaying willingness to take on challenging cases, and achieving positive outcomes for their clients.

Ms. Hussein is recognized for her recent work on the Immigrant Justice Project (IJP), which provides assistance to asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, survivors of violent crimes and trafficking in the United States, and individuals seeking humanitarian protection. Among the free legal services organized by the IJP are legal protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; visas for immigrant victims of human trafficking; asylum representation; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and Temporary Protected Status applications. In particular, Ms. Hussein is honored for her dedication in serving immigrant clients, successfully handling asylum cases and spearheading impactful public comments on proposed regulations.

“This year’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award honors the life-changing impact our dedicated volunteers have had on the lives of our clients by providing them with critical legal assistance, particularly in times of crisis,” said Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center. “We inhabit a uniquely challenging era marked by profound division as well as historic levels of need. For that reason, our volunteers’ tremendous generosity, legal creativity, hard work and commitment to the highest level of service for those who cannot afford legal counsel are as valuable to our low-income clients as they are deeply inspiring to all of us committed to equal access to justice.”

The digital award ceremony will take place on October 26, kicking off the National City Bar’s observance of National Pro Bono Week. Bar President Sheila Boston will make keynote remarks, which will then be followed by the presentation of the awards by City Bar Fund Board Chair David Levine.

To read the City Bar Justice Center press release, please click here.