The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition presented Lawrence Schneider with their inaugural "Lifetime Advocate Award" for his work on behalf of CAIR Coalition and their clients. The award was presented to Schneider during CAIR Coalition's September 14th Focused on Freedom Awards Ceremony. CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping immigrants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and is the only organization in the Capital region dedicated to serving detained immigrant adults and children.
"Larry Schneider has generously given CAIR Coalition his time, wisdom, and unwavering support for over two decades. He has represented our clients, helped to launch the Immigration Impact Lab, and continues to chair our Legal Advisory Committee. Larry has been a force for good for immigrants in many other ways – volunteering with various immigrant advocacy groups, mobilizing the immigration pro bono practice at Arnold & Porter, and being a leader for systemic change in the immigration court system," CAIR said in honoring Schneider. "We are grateful to have had Larry on our side for so many years and look forward to working with him for many more. There is no one more deserving than Larry for our inaugural Lifetime Advocate Award."
Schneider, who developed and continues to lead Arnold & Porter's extensive, award-winning pro bono immigration practice, previously has been honored for his pro bono immigration work by the District of Columbia Bar's International Law Section's "Outstanding International Law-Oriented Community Service and Public Outreach Work 2003"; as one of The National Law Journal's "Champions & Visionaries" in Washington, DC (2010); and Ayuda's Hall of Fame Inductee (2014). He also has been recognized for leading a large Arnold & Porter team in preparing comprehensive reports in 2010 and again in 2019, for the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, on reforming the immigration system for adjudication of removal cases.
Schneider, who is an active retired partner, led Arnold & Porter's International Trade practice for many years. His experience spanned 45 years and included representation of clients in a full range of litigation, arbitration, international trade, customs, legislative, and policy issues, along with disputes under various import laws. Schneider was recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by publications such as Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.