Aaron Block, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Practice, has been recognized by Washington University School of Law as the recipient of its inaugural 2016 “Dean’s Attorney of the Year for Public Service Award.”
Established to honor alumni who demonstrate remarkable commitment to public service, the award recognizes Block for his exceptional dedication to pro bono work in his career, focusing on furthering the rights of the disadvantaged and unrepresented in the areas of predatory lending, child custody and immigration.
Block’s commitment to public service began in law school, where he served on the executive board of the Law Review and was the Student Body President. After graduating, he clerked for the Chief District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. While in private practice, Block has successfully handled a number of pro bono cases that 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.
This is the most recent public service award won by Block, who was also recognized by the Anti-Defamation League with its 2016 “Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award.”