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Natalie Fleming Nolen the 2015 recipient of the Kathi Pugh Award for Pro Bono Service.

Byline: Jessica Liu

The 2015 Kathi Pugh Award for Pro Bono Service will go to Natalie Fleming Nolen of Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. office.

The award is in its third year and was established after Kathi Pugh, who retired after over two decades of running the firm's pro bono program. The honor recognizes the enthusiasm, compassion and values that Pugh instilled in the firm's pro bono program, and now celebrates lawyers like Fleming Nolen who carry on Pugh's legacy.

Fleming Nolen, a litigation associate of the firm's D.C. office, joined in 2006 after graduating from Harvard Law School and quickly rose as a superstar in the firm's pro bono services. Representing 13 asylum and two Special Immigrant Juvenile Status clients in addition to a group of Haitian sexual assault victims attacked in post-earthquake encampments, Fleming Nolan has produced great results. In addition, she has also represented low-income tenants in two significant and legally challenging matters.


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Morrison & Foerster's chair Larren M. Nashelsky says, "Natalie is an outstanding advocate for her pro bono clients and an inspiration and role model for integrating pro bono representation in a MoFo career."

Jennifer Brown, Morrison & Foerster's senior pro bono counsel, adds, "This is an especially appropriate moment to recognize Natalie's pro bono work. In the last months of 2014, she went to trial on two asylum cases and a long-standing housing case in New York -- all while she was living in Washington, D.C. She has become MoFo's east coast in-house human rights expert, instrumental not only in her own asylum cases, but also as an advisor and consultant to others in the firm."

This is not Fleming Nolen's first time being recognized for her pro bono work. She received the New York State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award in the young lawyer category in 2012. And now as a the winner of the 2015 Kathi Pugh Award, she will have the opportunity to give a direct $10,000 donation to a nonprofit legal services organization of her choice. She has chosen Human Rights First as the recipient of the contribution.

"Human Rights First creates the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights -- a vital national interest," says Fleming Nolen. "MoFo has partnered with the organization through the Asylum Representation Project to provide pro bono representation to indigent asylum seekers. It is an honor to receive this award and to be able to help an organization that is incredibly important to me."

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Date:Jul 31, 2015
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