WASHINGTON—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the firm has been honored with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs “Outstanding Achievement Award” during the organization’s annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon on June 22. This prestigious honor recognizes a select number of law firms for their exceptional service to the Committee’s Disability Rights Project, which assists individuals seeking to enforce their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The “Outstanding Achievement Award” was given in connection with Sutherland’s pro bono representation, in conjunction with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, on behalf of three blind federal contractors and the American Council of the Blind (ACB), which resolved an 18-month effort to make the GSA-operated website SAM.gov accessible to blind federal contractors. The settlement requires GSA to make significant changes to SAM.gov that had prevented blind federal contractors from accessing the website and maintaining their status as federal contractors. The accessibility issues were identified by the plaintiffs and confirmed by a web accessibility expert. Following GSA’s implementation of the agreed-to changes, the website will undergo review by another independent accessibility expert. In addition, the agreement creates a process by which members of the blind community will test and provide feedback on future changes to SAM.gov.
“We are honored to have been able to assist the plaintiffs in this very meaningful case, and the agreements reached in the settlement enhance the welfare of the entire blind and visually impaired community,” said Lewis S. Wiener, Sutherland partner and former co-chair of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee (2013-2015). “Sutherland is proud of its long tradition and commitment to pro bono, including its longstanding relationship with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Our partnership allowed us to effectively combine resources to set the standard for other organizations serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired.”
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