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January 26, 2011
San Francisco—In recognition of Pillsbury's pro bono mission, San Francisco litigation partner Tom Loran, head of the firm's Pro Bono practice, received the Robert G. Sproul Jr. Award from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area on January 19.

The award acknowledges Loran's long-time support to the Lawyers' Committee and his more than 30 years providing tireless pro bono service advocating for the legal rights of its clients—people of color, poor people, immigrants and refugees.

"This award exemplifies what we, at Pillsbury, already know about Tom. He has been the leader of our pro bono effort for 14 years and made a commitment to helping the less fortunate from the day he started practicing law. Tom is a tenacious and determined advocate for those in greatest need," said partner Jim Rishwain, who attended the award ceremony, along with litigation partner Sarah Flanagan, a Lawyers' Committee Board Member, as well as partners Dick Odgers, Jake Sorensen and Kevin Fong, all of whom, like Loran and Flanagan, are Lawyers' Committee members.

The Lawyers' Committee's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon is the forum in which San Francisco's legal community pays tribute to outstanding individuals who help meet the legal needs of disadvantaged communities.

"Over the many years I have represented pro bono clients, either through the Lawyers' Committee, or through the other nonprofits Pillsbury supports, I've come to realize what a huge impact a zealous attorney advocate can have on people's lives by fighting for them and by trying to protect their interests," said Loran. "It's hard not to feel really good about yourself when you help prevent an indigent client from being evicted from her residence, for example, instead of winding up homeless on the street. I encourage all attorneys regardless of where they are in the career to take on pro bono work—it's not only the right thing to do, but also so personally fulfilling."

For more about Tom Loran and Pillsbury's pro bono practice, please watch this video.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is a full-service law firm with market-leading strengths in the energy, financial services, real estate and technology sectors, and increasingly health care and education. Based in the world's major financial and technology centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global regulatory, litigation and corporate matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues—helping clients to take greater advantage of new opportunities and better mitigate risk. This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.
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