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There’s a great organization that I’m a member of called Public Justice. Public Justice is America’s public interest law firm; that is, unlike many public interest legal organizations, Public Justice actually files lawsuits in court on a wide range of topics from mandatory arbitration agreements, environmental issues, class actions, and so on. There is a ton of great information on their website, which was recently revamped and re-launched. This is a great site to check out if you need info on public interest topics or if you just want to read about Public Justice’s victories.

Public Justice recently named the 2009 Trial Lawyers of the Year:

Two legal teams that each prevailed in long and hard-fought cases against formidable corporate and government defendants were named co-winners of the Public Justice Foundation’s 2009 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at ceremonies in San Francisco on Tuesday night.

More specifically,

Ten attorneys from Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Denver were cited for their work in Cook v. Rockwell International Corp., in which they held the operators of Colorado’s Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant accountable for persistent radioactive contamination from the facility.

They shared honors with a team of five New York lawyers who recovered substantial damages for the families of the victims in the deadly 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The attorneys for the winning teams were:

Exposing the Truth About Reckless Nuclear Weapons Makers: Cook v. Rockwell International Corp. Merrill G. Davidoff – Peter Nordberg – David F. Sorensen – Ellen Noteware – Jenna MacNaughton Wong – Louise Roselle -Jean Geoppinger – Gary Blum – Steve Kelly – Bruce DeBoskey

Holding Terrorists Accountable: Lockerbie , Scotland – Pan Am Flight 103 Litigation. James P. Kreindler – Steven R. Pounian – Michel "Mitch" F. Baumeister – Frank H. Granito Jr. – Frank Granito, III

The other finalists were equally as impressive in their victories:

Winning Equal Access to City Services for African Americans: Kennedy v. City of Zanesville. Reed Colfax – John Relman – Jennifer Klar – Kerstin Sjoberg-Witt – Rachel K. Robinson – Stefan Schmidt

Bringing Philip Morris to Justice: Williams v. Philip Morris. William A. Gaylord – Ray Thomas – James S. Coon – Charles S. Tauman – Richard Daynard – Cliff Douglas – Robert S. Peck – Maureen Leonard – Kathryn Clarke

Making Water Safe to Drink: In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Productions Liability Litigation MDL 1358. Scott Summy – Rob Gordon – Celeste Evangelisti – Carla Burke – Robin Greenwald – Perry Weitz

The actions of the defendants in these cases are nothing short of outrageous. We should celebrate the efforts of all five finalists for securing justice for their clients and all Americans.

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