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									                          “There is no greater justice than equal justice.”

For Immediate Release                               Contact: Jackie Lapin
    June 19, 2007                                            Media Relations Consulting
                                                             (818) 707-1473

       ~ Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher Presented the Award ~
              World’s Largest Pro Bono Public Interest Law Firm Also Honors
     Southern California Edison, Holland & Knight LLP and Monty Hall With Top Awards
                ~ More Volunteers Needed To Meet Critical Need For Services ~
Los Angeles, CA – Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world,
presented its highest honor, the William O. Douglas Award, to former United States Secretary of
State and Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Madeleine K. Albright. The Award honors
Dr. Albright for her lifelong commitment to public service, justice and human rights. The Award was
presented at Public Counsel’s annual William O. Douglas Award Dinner on Tuesday, June 19, 2007,
in Los Angeles.
"I am deeply honored to be selected to receive the William O. Douglas Award,” said Dr. Albright.
“The measure of a democracy’s health is whether the blessings of justice and opportunity are shared
by every citizen, including those who are otherwise disadvantaged. Public Counsel serves the
cause of democracy through its diligent efforts on behalf of the legal rights of the poor. As grateful
as I am to Public Counsel for recognizing me, I am even more grateful to the organization for the
contributions it makes every day to our communities and country.”
As Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Albright helped reinforce
America’s alliances, advocate for democracy and human rights and promote American trade and
business, labor and environmental standards abroad. She was the first woman Secretary of State
and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From
1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations and as a
member of the President’s Cabinet.
"Madeleine Albright is one of the most extraordinary women of our time. Her strength, courage,
character and intellect have made her a powerful advocate for the values we all hold dear—freedom,
justice, equality and human rights. For her distinguished service to our country and her ongoing
efforts to build a just and equitable world, Public Counsel is honored to present her with the 2007
William O. Douglas Award," said Public Counsel Chairperson Karlene Goller, Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel of the Los Angeles Times.
The event also emphasized the critical need for additional volunteers. Public Counsel President and
C.E.O. Dan Grunfeld said, “The sad reality is that for every deserving client we assist there are ten
more we must turn away. We could help hundreds more vulnerable children, abused women and
senior citizens with additional assistance and support from volunteer attorneys, paralegals, social
workers and other professionals. It is an incredibly rewarding experience. Volunteers say they get
far more out of it than they put into it.”

The 2007 Corporate Achievement Award was presented to Southern California Edison (SCE) for its
exemplary corporate citizenship. Through sound environmental stewardship, employee and supplier
diversity, volunteerism and philanthropy, it has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the
people and communities SCE serves. In receiving this Award, SCE has the special distinction of
being the first corporation to receive this Award twice—the first time being in 1997. Accepting the
Award was John E. Bryson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Edison
International, the parent company of Southern California Edison. The Award was presented by Ron
Olson of the law firm Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

The international law firm of Holland & Knight LLP received the 2007 Law Firm Pro Bono Award. Its
lawyers and other professionals have uniquely distinguished themselves in the breadth and
sophistication of their pro bono efforts in complicated and difficult cases on behalf of the most
vulnerable members of society. In receiving the Award, the firm’s national managing partner, Howell
W. Melton, Jr. accepted the Award. Melton said, “Holland & Knight is honored to be recognized by
Public Counsel, one of the most respected public interest law firms in the United States. Pro bono
service is a core value at our firm. Last year, our attorneys worked over 60,000 pro bono hours.
Our Pro Bono Program is spearheaded by our Community Services Team, which constitutes the
largest institutional dedication of lawyers and staff to full-time pro bono legal services of any law firm
in the United States.”

Public Counsel also presented its Justice in Arts and Media Award to legendary television game
show emcee Monty Hall for his lifelong charitable and philanthropic work on behalf of sick and
disadvantaged children. He has played a leadership role in establishing and expanding medical
care and treatment facilities for vulnerable children in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto.

For more information on Public Counsel, go to or call 213.385.2977. To learn
more about how you can provide pro bono services, direct your calls to extension 125.

               ~ Background Information For All 2007 Honorees and Presenters ~

Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine Albright is Principal of Albright Capital Management and of The Albright Group, a
Washington D.C.-based global strategy group. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the
United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time,
the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright
served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s
Cabinet. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the
Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves
as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright co-chairs the UNDP’s Commission
on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign
Relations, the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security, and the Board of
Trustees for the Aspen Institute. Dr. Albright earned a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and
Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and
Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

Warren M. Christopher
Mr. Christopher’s distinguished career in public service includes serving as the 63rd Secretary of
State of the United States from 1993 to 1997, Deputy Secretary of State from 1977 to 1981 and
United States Deputy Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. In 1981, President Carter awarded him
the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Mr. Christopher served as Chairman of
the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department. He is Senior Counsel for the
law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Christopher served as law clerk to
Justice William O. Douglas for whom the Award is named.
John E. Bryson
John Bryson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International. Prior to
joining Edison in 1984, Bryson was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Earlier, he
practiced law and served as a co-founder and attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
He is a past President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Before that he served nearly
three years as Chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He is a Director of
The Boeing Company, W. M. Keck Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company; and a trustee of
California Institute of Technology. Bryson graduated from Stanford University and earned a Doctor
of Jurisprudence degree from Yale Law School.

Ronald L. Olson
Since 1968, Ronald L. Olson has practiced law with the Los Angeles law firm now known as
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. His field of specialization is corporate counseling and litigation,
including the successful representation of high profile cases involving AOL Time Warner, Edison
International, Gemstar-TV Guide International, General Reinsurance, the Getty Trust, Brad Grey,
Merrill Lynch, Michael Ovitz, Shell Oil and Univision. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Olson
was an attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He received his B.S. from
Drake University, his J.D. from the University of Michigan, and a Diploma in Law from Oxford
University, England. Mr. Olson is a Director of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, City
National Corporation, The Washington Post Company and Western Asset Trusts. He serves also as
a Director of several nonprofits, including the RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, the Council of
Foreign Relations, Southern California Public Radio and the California Institute of Technology.

Howell W. Melton, Jr.
Mr. Melton is the Managing Partner of Holland & Knight LLP. His practice emphasizes contract and
business torts litigation, and he is experienced in the representation of clients in a variety of
industries. Mr. Melton was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2007, a biennial review of
the top attorneys in the country as selected by their peers. Mr. Melton earned his bachelor’s degree,
with high honors, from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Florida
College of Law. After law school, Mr. Melton began his law practice with Holland & Knight LLP. He
serves on the Board of Directors for Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Metro Orlando Economic
Development Commission, the Central Florida Technology Partnership, and he is a trustee emeritus
of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and the University of Florida College of Law. He
currently serves on the board of governors for the Greater Orlando Region of the National
Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and is a member of the Pro Bono Institute's Law
Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee.

Monty Hall
Monty Hall is best known as the former host and emcee of one of America’s most famous and
beloved television game shows, “Let’s Make A Deal,” which ran from 1964 to 1986 and again in the
1990s. Away from television, he is known for his extraordinary commitment to charitable and
philanthropic work on behalf of sick and vulnerable children. He is the past President and Chairman
of Variety Clubs International (VCI), the world's largest children's charity and was honored by VCI
with its prestigious International Humanitarian Award. Mr. Hall has played a leadership role in
establishing and expanding medical care and treatment facilities for vulnerable children in Los
Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and received his
Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba. Hall and his wife, Marilyn, have three children:
Joanna Gleason, a Tony-award winning actress; Richard, an Emmy-award winning television
producer; and Sharon, a television director/producer; and five grandchildren.

About the William O. Douglas Award Dinner
The William O. Douglas Award is presented annually to a distinguished person of national or
international prominence who has exemplified the principles of public service, justice, human rights
and freedom of expression. Prior honorees have come from the fields of public service, law,
journalism, broadcasting and education. Past recipients include New Mexico Governor William
Richardson, former Vice President Al Gore, Congressman John L. Lewis, former Secretary of the
Interior Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, founding director of the Peace Corps
Sargent Shriver, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, former Secretary of Commerce Mickey
Kantor, the late author Alex Haley, broadcast journalism pioneer Fred Friendly, the late U.S.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem, television producer
Norman Lear and the late Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.

The Dinner is attended by over 1,200 leaders from the legal, business and political communities who
gather together to support Public Counsel's work. The William O. Douglas Award Dinner is one of
the largest dinners of its kind in the country raising approximately $2.5 million annually to support
Public Counsel's award-winning programs and services on behalf of vulnerable children, families
and adults throughout Southern California, its advocacy efforts in California and nationally, and its
work around the world to develop and strengthen pro bono programs in other countries.

For more information on Public Counsel, go to or call 213.385.2977. To learn
more about how you can provide pro bono services, direct your calls to extension 125.

About Public Counsel
Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the largest public interest pro bono law office in the world. It is a
beacon of hope and justice for those who have nowhere else to turn. Last year, with the help of
more than 3,700 volunteer lawyers, law students, social workers and others, Public Counsel
provided more than $66 million worth of free services to nearly 26,500 people including abused and
abandoned children, families living in abject poverty, homeless veterans, the neglected elderly and
weary refugees.

Nationally, Public Counsel has been a leader in developing model programs and assisting other pro
bono public interest law firms to bring these programs to their communities. In addition to serving
the vast Los Angeles metropolitan region, Public Counsel is actively helping to strengthen pro bono
public interest law internationally. In 2000, Public Counsel was instrumental in creating the Instituto
Pro Bono in Brazil, that country’s first public interest pro bono law firm. Since that time Public
Counsel has played a central role in nurturing other pro bono programs in Brazil, Argentina, Chile,
Europe, Africa and Australia.

Jackie Lapin, Media Relations Consulting, 818.707.1473,

Dan Grunfeld, President and C.E.O., Public Counsel, 213.385.2977, ext. 104, dgrunfeld@

Ted Zepeda, Pro Bono Director, Public Counsel, 213.385.2977, ext. 125,

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