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O’Melveny Partner Leah Godesky Named 2022 “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by the ACLU

April 20, 2022


NEW YORK—April 20, 2022—The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized O’Melveny partner Leah Godesky with its inaugural Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, which honors the “tremendous pro bono support the ACLU receives from law firms and solo practitioners, without whom many of its goals would be unreachable.”

The ACLU lauded Godesky “for the invaluable contributions she has made in challenges to abortion restrictions nationwide” while working alongside the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the ACLU of Arkansas, the ACLU of Kentucky, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Among Godesky’s numerous achievements, the ACLU highlighted her work that resulted in “successfully blocking Arkansas’ full ban on abortion in 2021.”

The ACLU described Godesky as a “devoted mentor to junior attorneys, a brilliant legal strategist, a tireless advocate, and a first-rate trial lawyer, whose masterful and ultimately devastating depositions and cross-examinations of the government’s witnesses have been used as a model for countless other cases and ACLU attorneys.”

Further details about this award can be found here.

O’Melveny’s award-winning pro bono program regularly takes on pressing issues, including immigration, housing, women’s rights, foster care, education, veterans affairs, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and voting rights. For additional information, visit our pro bono page.

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Brandon Jacobsen
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
+1 213 430 8024

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