2015 Awardee: The LL Family Asylum Team at Ropes & Gray LLP

Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award

Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award is presented in recognition of an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the Lawyers’ Committee Asylum Project.

About the Recipients

Esser  Cohen  Kashefipour  Tsai

Annie Esser is counsel in the Cloud Computing and Open Source group at Hewlett-Packard. Previously, she was a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Paul Jay Cohen is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s litigation department who practices primarily in the firm’s government enforcement group. Paul’s practice focuses on investigations by state and federal agencies and related civil and criminal litigation.

Idin Kashefipour is an attorney with the Hooshmand Law Group representing tenants and consumers in all aspects of civil litigation and class action cases. Idin’s prior experience includes representing injured individuals and workers at a boutique litigation firm and working as an associate in the San Francisco office of Ropes & Gray, LLP.

Rocky Tsai is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office Ropes & Gray, LLP. Rocky represents a broad range of financial, technology and life sciences clients in securities and commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on the defense and resolution of complex class action litigation.

About their Pro Bono Service To LCCR

The LL Family Asylum Team has been representing a mother and son who fled harm in their home country and have sought protection in the U.S. The team contributed thoughtful, creative, effective legal work, which included close work with their clients, careful fact-gathering, and a sophisticated legal strategy to show eligibility for protection in a rapidly evolving, challenging area of asylum law. As their clients’ circumstances changed, they supported them in myriad ways, adapting and broadening the representation and charting new courses along the way, ultimately preparing not one, not two, but four distinct applications for their two clients, involving three different areas of immigration law. They have not only been great lawyers to their clients, they have been great people who’ve given their clients a kind of patience and support that has undoubtedly been critical to both mother and son in getting through very difficult circumstances to find a place of safety and security and hope for a better future.

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