WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 21, 2014) — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) named Nilay U. Vora as recipient of the inaugural NAPABA Pro Bono Award.
This award is given to an attorney or a team of attorneys for outstanding achievements in pro bono service that involved impact litigation to advance or protect civil rights, or provided direct legal services to individuals in the furtherance of the administration of justice. Vora will be honored at the NAPABA Anniversary Gala and Installation Banquet on Nov. 8, 2014 in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ.
Vora is an associate at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C. and practices in civil litigation and criminal defense. He received media attention for his high profile pro bono work. Vora served as lead trial counsel with Louisiana’s Promise of Justice Initiative in a lawsuit against officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for violating the Eighth Amendment by confining prisoners in extreme heat that could cause heat stroke and death. Following an expedited three-day trial, Vora’s clients were awarded a virtually complete victory, including sanctions against opposing counsel. Vora also worked with Asian Americans Advancing Justice for successfully representing San Gabriel Councilman Chin Ho Liao in an important civil rights case about the right to run for and hold elected office.
NAPABA congratulates Nilay U. Vora on being the first Pro Bono Award winner and commends his commitment to pro bono service.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.