Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
Veteran Orlando-based attorney Greg Francis received the Vince Monroe Townsend, Jr. Legends award at the 87th Annual National Bar Association convention held recently in Las Vegas.
The National Bar Association honored Francis with the award, which was established in 1998 and is presented to individuals who exhibit historic and continual leadership in the civil rights arena, for his work on the billion-dollar Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation settlement.
The settlement, which was officially approved in October 2011, authorized up to $1.25 billion in payments to potentially tens of thousands of black farmers who suffered systematic discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1981 through 1996. The claims submission deadline was May 2012.
Francis, who is one of three lead class counsel in the settlement, has worked on the case for more than four years. He was honored along with fellow lead counsel, Henry (Hank) Sanders, a partner with Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway and Campbell, LLC of Selma, AL.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as the National Bar Association,” said Francis, a shareholder at Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan, P.A. “It has been both rewarding and fulfilling to be able to have a part in helping these hard-working black farmers achieve some measure of justice from the USDA.”
The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has more than 80 affiliate chapters through the U.S.
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