Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm’s Comisky Cup was presented to Blank Rome’s Princeton office, which led the Firm’s pro bono activity with an average of 107 pro hours per attorney in 2019. Named in honor of Marvin Comisky, Blank Rome’s first managing partner and a lifelong supporter of pro bono, the Comisky Cup is awarded annually to the office(s) with the highest pro bono performance at the Firm, as determined by the average pro bono hours per attorney and percentage of attorneys doing more than 20 hours of pro bono work per year.
The Firm’s Princeton office, which in 2018 was named The American Lawyer’s Regional Litigation Department of the Year as well as Law360’s New Jersey Powerhouse, maintained its strong commitment to pro bono last year through impactful work on significant pro bono civil rights cases. For example, a Princeton pro bono litigation team handled a notable case in 2019 that resulted in a preliminary injunction this past spring on behalf of an Orthodox Jewish prisoner at the New Jersey State Prison who was denied the right to exercise his religious freedom by the prison’s refusal to provide him adequate access to Kosher oil, which he uses to anoint himself during his daily prayers. As a result of the preliminary injunction, the plaintiff will be permitted to order Kosher prayer oil during the lawsuit, thereby restoring the First Amendment rights he has long been denied.
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