Kirkland received an Allegiance Award from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) at the organization’s 5th Anniversary Benefit Dinner Gala, "Coming Together for Children Alone," on April 22, 2014, in New York. The award was given to Kirkland for providing thousands of hours of pro bono representation to unaccompanied children referred to KIND, which ensures that unaccompanied children have legal counsel in their deportation proceedings. KIND has assisted more than 6,000 children since 2009. Several children who found pro bono representation through KIND, including a Kirkland client, shared their stories of why they left their home countries alone and their experiences coming to the United States at the event. Environmental partner Jeanne Cohn-Connor, who heads the Firm’s KIND program, accepted the award.