2013 – Colby Anne Kingsbury

Colby KingsburyColby Kingsbury doesn’t consider pro bono service to be a task or an option; she considers it an integral part of being a lawyer. Through her many hours of direct pro bono service and her leadership in a variety of different pro bono contexts Colby has helped scores of incarcerated individuals, immigrant families, and children impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination.

Colby is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she specializes in commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation and employment litigation. She serves on her firm’s Pro Bono Advisory Committee and is a key leader in the firm’s Africa Project, a pro bono collaboration with Advocates for Human Rights to advance the rule of law in Africa. In addition, Colby serves as the Board President of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy and on the Litigation Steering Committee for the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Colby has represented many individual clients in immigration and other matters, and has improved the system for countless others through her innovative and visionary systemic work. For more than a decade, she has worked with the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU on sweeping class action litigation to improve the care and services for youths detained at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center. While an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, she created the Kirkland Immigration Network (KIN) to provide resources, training and support to lawyers handling pro bono immigration cases. As a board member at the Moran Center, she saw the potential for a new pro bono program and was instrumental in its development and implementation.

As one of her nominators aptly noted, “Colby is a remarkable lawyer with a profound commitment to representing powerless people who could never afford to pay her.” Like Edward J. Lewis II, Colby is a skilled litigator dedicated to pro bono service and a leader who encourages and inspires others to engage in pro bono service as well.