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(NEW YORK, September 29, 2016) The American Lawyer has honored Reed Smith with its 2016 “Grand Prize for Global Citizenship”—its highest honor for international pro bono work.

Additionally, Reed Smith’s Global Refugee Protection Project was named this year’s “Global Pro Bono Project of the Year” for Advocacy. The honors were presented at the Fourth Annual Global Legal Awards in New York September 26.

“We are grateful to American Lawyer for its recognition of our human rights work, which provides a unique platform for hundreds of volunteer lawyers, doctors, interpreters and advocates to help refugees,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner.

Reed Smith’s Human Rights Team provides representation to refugees and displaced persons fleeing war, gender-based violence, persecution and torture. Working in the field in Greece, Jordan, Lebanon and Haiti, legal and medical volunteers identify refugees who are most at risk, help them access medical and psychological care, and seek pathways for their international legal protection.

"It's an extraordinary privilege to use our skills as lawyers to serve refugees," said Jayne Fleming, leader of the firm's Human Rights Team. "Reed Smith's global platform allows us to leverage resources throughout the world to help those most in need."

The Global Legal Awards is Am Law’s marquee global award, which “aims to honor all law offices that play a substantial role in the most distinguished international work across a wide range of disciplines.”

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