Kirkland was one of nine law firms awarded with Immigration Equality's "Gold Star" status for pro bono services in 2011. To qualify for Gold Star status, a law firm must accept a minimum of five new asylum cases during a calendar year. Kirkland handled seven new cases in 2011.
Together, the Gold Star firms represented one-third of Immigration Equality's new clients in 2011, and won asylum or withholding of removal for 41 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-positive people fleeing persecution, with additional cases still pending. Immigration Equality is a leading national organization that represents LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers.