Washington Lawyers Committee Honors Steptoe for Pro Bono Service

June 16, 2011

The Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs honored Steptoe at the annual Wiley A. Branton Awards ceremony on June 16.  The firm was recognized for its representation of Johnny Dawson in a lawsuit against Hope Village, Inc., a Residential Reentry Center (halfway house) in Washington, DC.  Mr. Dawson was eligible for halfway house placement during the last six months of his prison sentence but—despite his initial acceptance to Hope Village—alleged he was denied entry because he is blind.  As a result, Mr. Dawson was deprived of Hope Village’s services which would have helped him reintegrate into society.  Hope Village disputed Mr. Dawson’s allegations and after a year and a half of litigation, Mr. Dawson defeated Hope Village’s summary judgment motion.  Mr. Dawson ultimately came to a negotiated settlement with Hope Village prior to trial. 

Frank Winston, Suzanne Reider, David Crane, and Jared Butcher provided support for this matter.

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