Press Release
June 28, 2000

Tammie C. Garner Honored as Pair's "Attorney of the Year"

Boston, MA, June 28, 2000 — Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP associate Tammie C. Garner was named “Attorney of the Year” by the Political Asylum / Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project of Boston. Ms. Garner will be honored at PAIR's annual benefit and awards dinner on Wednesday, June 28, 2000.

PAIR has recognized Ms. Garner for her year-long pro-bono efforts defending a Haitian physician at numerous hearings before the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) court, in an attempt to protect them from having to return to their country. The doctor fled to the U.S. after being arrested, tortured and threatened with execution by factions of the Haitian military, who accused him of harboring political refugees and using his home as an underground medical clinic for victims of brutality. Ms. Garner, of Goodwin Procter’s trial department, secured political asylum for the physician at an INS hearing on March 22, 2000.

PAIR Project is a pro bono immigration organization that represents low-income asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution in countries around the world. PAIR's network of over 250 volunteer attorneys currently represent more than 300 asylum clients without charge.

Ms. Garner has been an associate in the Litigation Department at Goodwin Procter since 1997. Her litigation practice has included work on products liability, personal injury, securities/corporate governance issues and other general litigation matters including work with various educational institutions, and extensive pro bono work. She is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.

Goodwin Procter is one of the nation's leading law firms with more than 450 attorneys, and focuses in a number of specialized areas within its traditional full service departments, including private equity/emerging companies, technology and intellectual property, financial services, real estate securities, real estate investment management, corporate governance, antitrust and mergers and acquisitions. The firm has a long-standing and extensive program of pro bono representation, and its attorneys are encouraged to actively participate in a wide range of public service endeavors. Lawyers frequently accept referrals from such organizations as the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association; the Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness; the Elder Law Project of the Woman's Bar Foundation and the Suffolk County Bar Advocate Program.