The John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Awards were presented to Larry Hammond and to Perkins Coie, LLP. The John Minor Wisdom Public Service & Professionalism Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the equality of justice in their communities.
Larry Hammond is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon. Larry has spent over 30 years practicing in the private sector, but regards his two tours with the Department of Justice as among his most satisfying professional experiences. He served as an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor in 1973-1974 and then returned to Justice during the Carter Administration where he worked in the Office of Legal Counsel as the First Deputy Assistant Attorney General under both Attorneys General Griffin Bell and Ben Civiletti.
Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 900 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia. Across all of our 19 offices, Perkins Coie lawyers and staff are dedicated to giving back to the community. Sharing time and talents to help those most in need is an important part of the culture and helps define the individuals and firm. For five years in a row, Perkins Coie has exceeded goals as a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge. In 2012, attorneys dedicated more than 46,000 pro bono hours, representing more than 3% of the firm’s total billable hours for the year.