Each May, Myrtle Beach is home to two large motorcycle rallies. Mostly white bikers attend one rally, while the other
primarily attracts African American bikers. Other than the race of the crowd, there was another major difference between
the two rallies: many businesses rolled out the red carpet when the white bikers came to town, but shut down when the
black bikers visited.
The NAACP asked Derfner & Altman to fight for the equal treatment of both groups. After the intervention of the federal court, today
both rallies share a traffic control plan that has significantly reduced congestion. In addition, dozens of businesses
that once greeted black bikers with shut doors are now open for business.
For its work, Derfner & Altman was honored with an award from the Washington Lawyers Committee.