Lawyers’ Committee Recognizes Foley Hoag Associate Catherine Deneke for Civil Rights Work

June 17, 2011

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law of the Boston Bar Association presented Foley Hoag LLP associate Catherine Deneke with a civil rights recognition award for her active pro bono and civil rights practice at its 2011 Annual Reception on June 15 at the Boston College Club.

The Lawyers’ Committee recognizes select associates each year for their commitment to civil rights and social justice. Foley Hoag partner Robert Toone is a previous recipient of this award.

“Catherine joins an inspiring group of young lawyers who have committed themselves to serving the public good,” said Claire Laporte, a Foley Hoag partner and the firm’s pro bono coordinator. “This award is recognition of a job well done, and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement.”

Deneke currently is working with co-counsel from the Lawyers’ Committee to vindicate the civil rights of a woman who was denied her choice of housing and steered from a development based on her race. She also is part of the team of attorneys who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in the District of Massachusetts and who are opposing the government’s appeal in the First Circuit.

In addition to her civil rights litigation work, Deneke also has extensive experience litigating on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.

As a litigation associate, Deneke works on a wide variety of cases, including complex contractual and intellectual property disputes. Outside of her legal practice, Deneke is an active member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association’s Committee on Transgender Inclusion, which is working on the passage of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill.

“I am honored to receive this award, but I also would like to thank the many other great lawyers inside and outside of Foley Hoag who work on these cases with me,” Deneke said. “It truly takes a team effort to ensure justice for those who may not otherwise have a voice in our legal system.”

Deneke is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Cornell University.

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