Press Release

Morgan Lewis Associates Named Rising Stars by National Immigrant Justice Center

May 26, 2020

CHICAGO, May 26, 2020: Morgan Lewis associates Emily Jastromb and Danielle Maldonado will each be recognized with the Rising Star Award at the National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC) 21st annual Human Rights Awards on June 2. The award honors associates who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants by devoting substantial time to pro bono work or representing clients with complex cases.

Emily and Danielle’s work for the NIJC has included representing clients in pursuing lawful permanent residence in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act and seeking asylum to escape gender violence. The NIJC hosts the Human Rights Awards each year to honor individuals who have made outstanding achievements to promote, protect, and advance human rights throughout the world. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year’s awards will be a virtual event.

Emily represents and counsels employers in a broad array of actions arising under US federal, state, and local employment laws. Her work includes claims involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and common law theories. During law school, Emily externed for US District Judge Thomas Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois.

Danielle defends and counsels employers in labor and employment matters, including individual plaintiff and representative action litigation, wage and hour litigation and compliance, and workforce-related counseling. While at the University of Michigan Law School, Danielle served as an executive editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. She was the president and a founder of First Generation Law Students, a board member of the Latino Law Students Association, and a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.