Why We are honoring them
The Robert G. Sproul, Jr. Award is presented to an exemplary partner who has contributed to the provision of legal services to under-represented communities and marshaled the resources of his firm to defend the rights of the disenfranchised.
A core focus of our racial justice work has long been advancing equal educational opportunity for minority and low-income students. Compass Lexecon has been an essential pro bono partner in our ongoing legal advocacy in school districts within the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara. Bret Dickey and his colleagues at Compass Lexecon, including Maya Meidan and Jith Jayaratne, have assisted Lawyers’ Committee in analyzing extensive, and often seemingly unwieldy, data provided in response to multiple public records requests to identify student middle and high school placement trends and disparities.
The outstanding expertise of the Compass Lexecon team and their dedicated hours in collaboration with the Lawyers’ Committee over many months has been instrumental in advancing our legal challenges to the discriminatory placement and discipline of students of color and low-income. Together, our advocacy is ensuring that hundreds of students have the right to remain in school and advance in college track high school coursework.