The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) gives the Rising Star Awards to recognize associate or junior-level attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants by devoting substantial time to NIJC pro bono work, serving a significant number of NIJC clients, or representing clients with complex cases. The Rising Star Awards are presented during NIJC's annual Human Rights Awards.
Benjamin Brunner, Sidley Austin LLP
Michael Educate, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Mike Galas, Gibson Dunn
Sara Ghadiri, Chapman & Cutler LLP
Yashas Honasoge, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Nancy Nemeth, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Margaret O’Connor, Dechert LLP
Mariska Richards, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Whitney Schmidt, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Julia Toepfer is the marketing and online engagement manager at the National Immigrant Justice Center.