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Pro Bono Publico

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Tony Mauro reports in NLJ:

Six years of "back channel work" by lawyers from Sidley Austin and Hogan Lovells finally paid off earlier this month, when the Cuban government released human rights activist Oscar Biscet from prison after more than eight years behind bars, often in solitary confinement.

"We were delirious with joy when we got the call from Oscar's wife," said Sidley Washington partner Andrew Strenio Jr. "It was a labor of love."

Strenio credits Sidley associate Lauren Buckley and Hogan Lovells Washington partner Jeremy Zucker for much of the pro bono behind-the-scenes work they all did to help win Biscet's release.

It's good to hear of big law firms doing pro bono work that actually is pro bono publico, in contrast to the contra bono publico work on behalf of murderers and terrorists that seems to be in vogue, even among people who should know better.

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