WASHINGTON, DC, May  1, 2014  — B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization based in Washington, has recognized Covington & Burling with its 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award. Covington was selected for its commitment to philanthropy, community service and industry leadership.

B’nai B’rith, founded in New York City in 1843, commended Covington’s legal assistance to disadvantaged individuals and families. For example, Covington lawyers rotate at three D.C.-based legal service organizations every six months, including the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, where Covington first pioneered the loaned associate model in 1969. Covington’s pro bono scope extends globally as well. The firm works on issues affecting people around the world, such as freedom of religion, civil rights, and human rights.  Examples of the durability of its commitment range from the firm’s representation of Fred Korematsu in the World War II internment case to its current representation of plaintiffs challenging policing practices in Maricopa County, Arizona.

“Covington’s nearly 100-year track record of defending those who can’t defend themselves makes it a prime recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award,” said Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International. “From assisting refugees abroad to working toward domestic reforms in oft-forgotten segments of society—we are thrilled to confer this award on a firm that embodies our values.”

Alan Pemberton, chair of Covington’s public service committee, said it was an honor to receive the award. “As the oldest Jewish service organization in the world, B’nai B’rith has long been devoted to human rights and advocacy. At Covington we are proud to share that strong commitment to public service.”

The award will be presented on May 1 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.