Hogan Lovells Lauded for Pro Bono Work Promoting Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. (May 26, 2010) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) today lauded the law firm of Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson) for its nearly 250 hours of pro bono assistance in creating the Foundation's recently released "Know Your Rights" guide.  At the guide's release last week, HAF leaders specifically thanked Sujit Raman, Esq., formerly of Hogan & Hartson, and his team for creating this first of its kind tool to educate all Americans – including the growing Hindu American community, and other faith communities – about their freedoms, rights, and responsibilities. 
"Hogan Lovells' contributions have been tremendous,” said Nikhil Joshi, Esq., co-founder of HAF and a member of its Board of Directors.  “Under Mr. Raman’s dedicated leadership, the firm donated over 230 hours of pro bono volunteer service.  And while the value of the legal services provided ran upwards of $70,000, the value of this educational product for the Hindu American community – and for all Americans – is immeasurable."
Over the course of several months, Hogan Lovells attorneys and summer associates researched and developed a detailed, 30-page guide covering constitutional and statutory protections in the realm of public schools, public accommodation, practicing one’s religion, employment, housing, and other important areas.
A condensed version of the guide was also produced.  This quick reference work, available in print, would be distributed nationwide through HAF's ongoing community outreach program, stated Joshi.  The condensed version of the guide was also made available on the Foundation website.
“This is a project in the strong tradition of our best pro bono work,” said Patricia A. Brannan, a partner at Hogan Lovells who co-heads the firm’s international pro bono practice.  “We are very gratified that the tools we helped to create can help many to better understand the laws that foster our diverse society.” 
HAF also extended a personal note of thanks to Jordana Rubel, Laura Schabinger, Sonja Ralston Elder, Eric Braden Gillman, Philip Matthew Kovnat, Geoffrey Winslow King, and Mital Gondha, all of whom assisted Mr. Raman in the project.  Girija Padmanabhan, an HAF member, was also commended for her volunteer efforts on the project.
"Ultimately, a lawyer’s duty is to help, and to serve, the members of the community,” said Raman.  “I am so proud of my colleagues who volunteered their time to this project with the basic goal of educating all Americans – including some of our nation’s most vulnerable members.” 
The full guide is available for free download at: http://www.hafsite.org/sites/default/files/HAF_KnowYour%20Rights_Expanded.pdf
The condensed version can be ordered by contacting HAF and is also available at: http://www.hafsite.org/media/pr/knowyourrights