Three Ballard Spahr attorneys, Constantinos (Dino) G. Panagopoulos, Darin Lowder, and Allison L. Granger, will be honored today by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at the 45th Anniversary Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon. The event recognizes local attorneys who have made outstanding pro bono service contributions to the Washington, D.C., community.

The Ballard Spahr attorneys represented a deaf man who was sentenced, against the trial judge’s recommendation, to a prison facility without accommodations for deaf prisoners. The facility lacked basic technology or interpreters that would allow the client to receive instructions from prison guards; communicate with legal counsel, medical personnel, and his family; or be alerted to fires or other emergencies. The team obtained an injunction to stay the sentence and favorably settled to place the inmate in an appropriate place of incarceration.

“When people think of pro bono work, they don’t think of protecting the civil rights of prisoners,” said Mr. Panagopoulos. “But as an attorney, I feel a responsibility to protect the rights of everyone. I’m grateful to be part of a firm and legal community that values this responsibility as well.”

The team will also be honored by Ballard Spahr today. They are part of the firm’s Prisoner Civil Rights Team that will receive the Alan J. Davis Award, a $25,000 prize to be donated to the charity of the winners’ choice. Mr. Panagopoulos and his team will donate their portion of the award to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Mr. Panagopoulos, a Ballard Spahr partner, is known for his work in commercial litigation, commercial real estate recovery, consumer financial services, mortgage banking, and labor and employment. Mr. Lowder and Ms. Granger are both associates. Mr. Lowder focuses on energy, project finance, and related tax and public financing tools, while Ms. Granger devotes her practice to complex commercial and other civil litigation matters.

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