Baker Botts is a leading international energy, technology, and life sciences law firm that provides thousands of pro bono hours for refugees, prioritizing those impacted by gender-based violence, including women, children, and members of LGBTQI communities. The firm internally partners with its affinity groups and externally with its clients to maximize the impact for its refugee clients. In the past year, the firm coordinated with its BB Pride Affinity Group to represent transgender and nonbinary migrants from Central America in removal proceedings, and its military veterans affinity group, BB Vets, to assist women judges in Afghanistan under threat from the Taliban to obtain humanitarian parole in the U.S.

Accepting on behalf of Baker Botts:

  Lee Davis

Lee Davis, special counsel, acts as co-coordinator in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker Botts for the firm’s immigration pro bono efforts. Lee represents clients in asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, adjustment of status, U-visa, and other immigration matters. He is currently leading a team of attorneys, in partnership with the Aleph Institute and the International Association of Women Judges, to apply for humanitarian parole on behalf of Afghan women judges and their families.

Lee also represents companies in a variety of transactions, including securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions, and provides guidance on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance and disclosure, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters. He has experience advising companies in the shipping, energy, and media and technology sectors, as well as with real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Maddy Dwertman

Maddy Dwertman, senior associate, represents clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters. Maddy also maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on the representation of LGBTQ+ migrants, as well as trans rights. Maddy is currently representing several transgender and nonbinary immigrants in removal proceedings, serving as lead counsel in an immigration appeal pending in the Fifth Circuit, and serving as co-counsel on three impact litigation cases to protect and expand trans rights.

Maddy has held several leadership roles with community organizations and bar associations, and they currently serve on the boards of American Gateways and the National Trans Bar Association. Maddy was recognized as a “Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2020.

The Women’s Refugee Commission’s annual Voices of Courage event celebrates WRC’s impact, our partners, and our 2022 Voices of Courage honorees. The Voices of Courage luncheon raises critical support for WRC.



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