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Covington’s Young Named a California Attorney of the Year

February 21, 2014

REDWOOD SHORES, CA, February 21, 2014 California Lawyer magazine has announced that Covington & Burling’s Stanley Young will receive a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year or “CLAY” Award. The publication has named 57 lawyers from around the state to receive the 18th annual CLAY awards, which recognize those whose achievements had a significant impact in 2013.

Mr. Young, a partner and intellectual property litigator in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, is being honored in the Civil Rights category for his work representing a group of Latino plaintiffs in a class action against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Following a seven-day bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the court ruled that Arpaio and the Sheriff’s Office unlawfully targeted Latino drivers and passengers and ordered an end to the practice of using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions. The court has since appointed a monitor to ensure compliance.

The plaintiffs are represented by Covington, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, the ACLU Arizona, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mr. Young served as lead trial counsel.

“This is a wonderful honor,” Mr. Young said. “I had the privilege of working with a tremendous team, and we are all very proud of the result we achieved for our clients.”

Mr. Young will receive the award at a reception in San Francisco next month. Profiles of the CLAY Award recipients will be published in the March 2014 issue of California Lawyer.

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