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Baker Donelson's Lisa Borden Receives Volunteer Award from Advocates for Human Rights


Lisa W. Borden of Baker Donelson has been recognized by The Advocates for Human Rights with the organization's 2018 Volunteer Award.

Ms. Borden received the award on June 21 at the Human Rights Awards Dinner, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of human rights and celebrates the work of volunteers whose efforts have made an impact on the support of human rights locally and internationally.

Ms. Borden was recognized for her extensive involvement with The Advocates and numerous efforts supporting the organization's mission. She has researched and authored reports and statements to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and Committee on the Rights of the Child, on issues ranging from the death penalty in the United States, to domestic violence in Russia, to discrimination against persons with disabilities in Moldova, among others. She has also traveled with The Advocates to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva three times to engage in direct advocacy on issues such as the death penalty, violence against women, LGBT rights and disability rights. In addition, she has helped expand the organization's capabilities by recruiting many additional volunteers to the work of The Advocates, both within Baker Donelson and in other law firms around the country. Ms. Borden is currently working on a report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, and helping to coordinate work in response to the recent changes in asylum eligibility for immigrants from Central America.

Ms. Borden, who is resident in the Firm's Birmingham office, has been Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Shareholder since 2007. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the development, growth and administration of the Firm's pro bono programs. Her own pro bono legal work focuses on representation of indigent death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings, prison conditions litigation, seeking to end abusive practices related to court fines and fees, and representation of the homeless as part of the Firm's work with the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) program. She is a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Advisory Committee for the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Ms. Borden is past-chair of the Alabama Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, past-president of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and also previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

About Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Practice

Through its commitment to pro bono representation, Baker Donelson provides legal services to groups and individuals likely to be marginalized in the legal system due to economic barriers. Over the years, the Firm's attorneys have provided a variety of counsel to many populations including immigrants, refugees, the elderly and the impoverished. Baker Donelson's efforts include work on a wide range of matters, such as advocating for the homeless and organizations that serve the homeless, death penalty litigation, providing corporate legal services to non-profit organizations, and much more. The Firm has been instrumental in efforts such as expanding the HELP program, which operates recurring legal clinics at homeless shelters in about 30 cities nationwide; creating courts dedicated to handling minor legal matters common among the homeless; reining in modern day debtors' prisons operated by municipalities and the private probation services with which they contract; and spearheading and organizing volunteer lawyer programs across Baker Donelson's footprint. Many of the Firm's offices and individual attorneys are routinely recognized for their pro bono efforts, and Baker Donelson has twice been named a Beacon of Justice Award winner by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

About The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights is an independent, nonpartisan non-profit organization founded in Minneapolis in 1983. The organization's innovative programming has changed the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities for more than three decades. The Advocates for Human Rights investigates and exposes human rights violations, represents immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, trains and assists groups that protect human rights, engages the public, policy-makers, and children; and pushes for legal reform and advocates for sound policy.

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