Aaron Block, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Practice, has been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a recipient of this year’s “Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award.”
The award, which honors extraordinary service in support of the ADL’s mission of securing justice and fair treatment to all, was presented on February 29 at the group’s 19th Annual Jurisprudence Luncheon in Atlanta.
Block was recognized for his significant contributions to furthering the rights of the disadvantaged and unrepresented. Pro bono cases he has successfully handled include preventing a predatory creditor from unlawfully garnishing the wages of a recently homeless woman, representing a victim of polygamy in child custody proceedings and gaining government recognition of the citizenship of two young women who, because they were born homeless 20 years ago, had no proof of citizenship.
Block is also part of an immigration law working group that is pushing for humanitarian reform in detention practices and has consulted with the garnishment reform community on efforts to modernize Georgia's garnishment laws. He also played a role in helping launch the Georgia Name Change Project, which assists transgender individuals with legal name changes.
Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League is one of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations.