The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has recognized Brown, Goldstein & Levy, with an Outstanding Achievement Award for Partner Eve Hill’s work on a critical civil rights case.
The case, Christopher Seaman, et al. v. the Commonwealth of Virginia, et al. concerned 12 students with disabilities who filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Executive Order 2 and Senate Bill 739. This legislation prohibited Virginia public schools from requiring students to wear masks under any circumstances, putting these students with disabilities at a high risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19 and excluding them from attending in-person school safely. The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia issued a preliminary injunction in favor of these students, finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in proving EO2 and SB739 violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Read more about this case here.
The Committee will present the Outstanding Achievement Award during the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon on June 1, 2022. It is one of several awards presented for individuals and organizations committed to dismantling injustice and pursuing lasting change in civil rights and urban affairs. More details about the luncheon and awards are available here.
ABOUT EVE HILL
Partner Eve Hill’s record of dedication to a wide range of civil rights cases has earned her recognition as one of the country’s leading disability rights attorneys. Her practice is dedicated to high-impact litigation on behalf of individuals with disabilities, and individuals, organizations, and agencies alike frequently tap into her wealth of knowledge to advocate on their behalf. Eve also co-leads Inclusivity, BGL’s Strategic Consulting Group that works to help public and private sector organizations and industry groups navigate the rapidly changing landscape of disability and civil rights. Prior to joining BGL, Eve served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of justice for six years.