DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Sheldon Krantz, a retired partner in residence with the firm, is the recipient of the Justice Potter Stewart Award for his continued efforts in public service, pro bono and civil liberties advocacy.
Established by the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) in 1997, the award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work on behalf of the administration of justice has made a significant contribution to the law, legal system, courts, or administrative process in Washington, DC. Krantz received the award on May 11 at CCE’s 20th annual awards dinner at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.
Krantz currently serves on a pro bono basis as executive director of the DC Affordable Law Firm, a tax-exempt nonprofit created by the Georgetown University Law Center, DLA Piper and Arent Fox to provide legal services to Washington, DC, residents who do not qualify for free legal aid but cannot afford legal services. While at DLA Piper, Krantz was a litigation partner and founded the firm’s global pro bono affiliate New Perimeter, where he now serves on the advisory board.
Having held numerous positions in government and legal education, Krantz began his career as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the US Department of Justice. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center, where he teaches courses related to professional responsibility and access to justice, and is the co-director of the Law Center’s Justice Lab.
Krantz has been a member of the DC Access to Justice Commission since 2011 and is a former chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. His recognition from CCE is the latest honor Krantz has received for his commitment to the community, including being named the District of Columbia Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and receiving the National Law Journal’s Champion Award in 2011 for New Perimeter’s initiatives.
Krantz is the second DLA Piper partner to receive the award, following the recognition of Earl Silbert in the firm’s Washington, DC, office in 2009.