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Greenberg Traurig’s Richard D. Harris and Barry R. Horwitz Receive ‘Excellence in Pro Bono’ Award

Richard D. Harris and Barry R. Horwitz, shareholders at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, received the “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, at the 18th Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Awards on May 24 in Chicago.

The award honors attorneys for their contributions in helping people most in need of assistance before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Harris and Horwitz were nominated by both Judge Joan B. Gottschall and Judge Thomas M. Durkin for their exceptional pro bono work on behalf of their client, Julian Nettles–Bey, in the case of Nettles-Bey v. Village of South Holland, et al., Case No. 11 C 8022. Nettles-Bey, a motivational speaker who works with minority children, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass by the Village of South Holland Police Department. He was tried by county prosecutors for what Nettles-Bey claimed was their belief that he was part of the Moorish Science Temple. His Complaint alleged that the Village and its police officers were pursuing the Temple as a criminal organization involved with mortgage fraud and real estate conversion throughout the country. Nettles-Bey’s Complaint also alleged that he was singled out and prosecuted, due to the officers’ false belief that his hyphenated “Bey” name, amongst other issues, implicated his involvement with the Moorish Science Temple.

In winning this award, Harris and Horwitz underscored the importance of representing the indigent and oppressed – notably, in a legal area far afield from their intellectual property practice.

Harris, Co-Chair of both the Chicago Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and the…

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