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Bet Tzedek Volunteer honored

Bet Tzedek extends a hearty congratulations to volunteer Ruth Kahn for being recognized as a California Attorney of the Year. The details, courtesy of her firm’s newsletter:

“Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Ruth Kahn, a litigator in the firm’s Los Angeles office, has been selected by California Lawyer magazine as a recipient of the 16th annual California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Awards (CLAY). The awards honor lawyers in California whose achievements in 20 areas of legal practice had a significant impact in 2011. Ms. Kahn is being recognized in the pro bono category for improving the lives of Holocaust survivors.

In 2011, Ms. Kahn helped more than 30 Holocaust survivors win reparations from the German government as part of the Holocaust Survivors’ Project initiated by Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles. Her elderly clients, ranging in age from 75 to 92, had been forced by the Third Reich during World War II to leave their homes and work without compensation for German soldiers. The living quarters in the ghettos were cramped and food was rationed so, to improve their situations, the clients “volunteered” to bake bread for the German soldiers, dig holes, sweep the streets, and perform other laborious tasks. The hours were long, the conditions unpleasant, and none were paid for their services. So by obtaining reparations, these survivors’ long-ago labor is finally being acknowledged and proven to have had a value. It is also enhancing these survivors’ lives in their final years.”

Click here to learn more about the Holocaust Survivor Justice network or look under “VOLUNTEER”  on the menu bar to get involved.