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Jesuit Volunteer Corps to Honor Richard Husseini of Baker Botts L.L.P., Father Jozwiak

HOUSTON, April 12, 2010 -- The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a program aimed at providing assistance to low-income people, will present its Standard of Christ Award to Baker Botts L.L.P. partner Richard Husseini and Father Lawrence W. Jozwiak on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. The presentation will be part of a “Celebrate Jesuit Volunteers in Houston” reception at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

JVC officials are honoring Husseini and Baker Botts for helping the organization restructure its national operations. Kevin O’Brien, JVC president, said that the need to reorganize the various units that comprised the program was discussed “at different times in the last 50 years.”

During the past few years, however, “it was decided the best way to move forward was to consolidate all these organizations into one nonprofit -- the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” he added. “And we needed a lot of help with the merger and the start up needs. Thankfully, Baker Botts was able to provide a lot of that.”

Husseini and his Baker Botts team completed a multi-state merger for the JVC that included all the necessary legal filings in five states, the incorporation of the new organization and assistance in managing a number of labor and employment issues. In total, Baker Botts provided the JVC with more than 1,130 lawyers hours since January 2009. And the work continues, O’Brien noted.

“It wasn’t like they finished the merger and went away,” he said. “We can still pick up the phone and ask for their help on issues concerning personnel, litigation. They’ve just been extremely helpful.”

Jesuit Volunteers work with people who are marginalized by society and live in apostolic community with other JVs. In all, about 250 JVs each year work in the United States and in seven countries around the world.

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