Global Partner-in-Charge of Pro Bono, Jones Day
Laura Tuell is the Global Partner-in-Charge of Pro Bono. Laura has long been one of the Firm’s most active pro bono practitioners. She has represented numerous immigrants seeking asylum, particularly women seeking protection against gender persecution. Laura also has experience in housing discrimination, landlord-tenant law, death penalty issues, police reform, human trafficking, hate crimes, and general poverty law issues. Laura has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently on the board of the Public International Law Network and Bread for the City. Among many awards for her efforts, she was named D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
As the Global Partner-in-Charge of Pro Bono, Laura is working to build a global pro bono program that provides opportunities for Jones Day lawyers around the world to serve the diverse communities in which the Firm has a presence. She has been instrumental in leading the Firm’s Border Project, which began in 2014 focusing on unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and has expanded to include two offices serving migrants on the border in Texas in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Laura also has leadership roles in the Firm’s various initiatives including the Firm’s Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative and the Human Trafficking Task Force.
Prior to assuming her current position, Laura was an up-from-the-ranks partner in the Firm’s Business & Tort Litigation Practice and has broad experience in complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration.
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