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ADH Attorney Les Alderman Files Suit on Behalf of Juan Cobbin over the Culture of Racial Discrimination in Capitol Police K-9 Unit

Sergeant Cobbin (ret.) served as head of K-9 training intermittently from August 2013 to May 2021 and was the first African American Head of K-9 Training at the USCP.   Sgt. Cobbin has been shuffled in and out of the role, with the Capitol Police replacing him with unqualified white individuals, only to bring him back in an “acting” role to either train the new leaders or to right the ship due to mismanagement.  Most recently, however, when Sgt. Cobbin applied for the position on a permanent basis, he was told, inexplicably, that he did not meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

The complaint recounts a terrible history of racist conduct and attitudes in the K9 unit, including: the use of racial slurs and racist jokes, social media posts in which current K9 officers are encouraging police to shoot black protestors, an unfounded attempt to discredit the African American leaders of the USCP’s Special Operations Division and K9 Unit, and a white officer complaining about USCP officers being investigated for their conduct on January 6, whereas officers who knelt for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest were not investigated.

According to Les Alderman, the lead attorney on the case, “this environment in which racism and bigotry took over did not happen overnight or by magic. It happened because leadership ignored the problem and indeed made it worse by their own personnel decisions.” To read more, click here.

ADH Ranked as Tier 1 by “Best Law Firms”

Last week, Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report publicly announced the twelfth edition of the “Best Law Firms” rankings, and ADH has been included in this elite and extremely impressive group. ADH has been ranked as Tier 1 in Washington, DC for Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Click here to see our complete rankings.

ADH Law is Pleased to Welcome Rebecca Stoddard to the Firm

ADH Law is pleased to welcome Rebecca Stoddard to the Firm as an associate attorney. Prior to joining the Firm, Rebecca practiced personal injury and civil rights law at a boutique law firm in Manhattan. In May 2020, she graduated cum laude from New York Law School. Before graduating from law school, Rebecca served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Jane C. Tully, a Kings County Supreme Court judge and clerked at law firms whose specialties ranged from personal injury and civil rights to criminal defense and family law. She was also a student advocate for the Civil Justice and National Advocacy Clinic at New York Law School where she worked alongside the Center for Justice and Democracy.

All ADH Attorneys Named to 2021 Super Lawyers List

ADH congratulates its attorneys Les Alderman, Sundeep Hora, Cary Devorsetz, and John F. Karl on their selection as Super Lawyers for 2021.  Mr. Hora and Mr. Alderman have been named every year since 2016 and Mr. Karl was first selected in 2017.  Associate Attorneys Versely Rosales-Hart and Savanna L. Shuntich were included for the second time on the list  as Rising Stars.

 

Les Alderman Quoted in AP Story About Sexual Harassment Allegations Against John Conyers

Les Alderman was quoted in an AP story published by, among others, the Chicago Tribune regarding the allegations of harassment related to Congressman John Conyers.  A link to the story is http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-john-conyers-sexual-harassment-settlements-20171121-story.html

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