Pro Bono Opportunities

As a summer associate, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in pro bono matters and hone your legal skills while making a difference in your local communities and around the world. We believe that pro bono work is an excellent way to accelerate your training and development. We encourage you to take advantage of the many pro bono opportunities offered by the Firm and to propose pro bono matters that you are passionate about.

Our 2017 summer associates were involved in a wide range of pro bono matters. Highlights include:

  • Represented domestic violence victims in seeking orders of protection in family court through Sanctuary for Families' Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP). Our summer associates educated victims about the remedies available, assisted them with safety planning, helped them draft petitions and advocated on their behalf before judges.
  • Assisted on corporate matters for Asian American Law Fund of New York, Carnegie Hall, and a variety of other nonprofit organizations.
  • Worked on criminal appeals matters in the First and Second Judicial Departments referred to us by The Legal Aid Society, Appellate Advocates and Center for Appellate Litigation, and two death penalty matters.
  • Assisted on several asylum and immigration matters for LGBT individuals and juvenile immigrants.
  • Secured uncontested divorces, orders of protection and child support for several low-income women through the Her Justice Summer Associate Program. Her Justice serves low-income women who need free legal services involving matrimonial, family and immigration law.
  • Assisted an environmental nonprofit in a Clean Water Act citizen lawsuit concerning a sand and gravel supply company discharging polluted storm water in violation of the Act.
  • Assisted on various matters for Women's World Banking, a nonprofit organization that expands the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, knowledge and markets.
  • Spent two weeks working full-time at various New York City community-based nonprofits.
  • Completed surveys of the financial inclusion policies of various countries on behalf of The Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a global network of central banks and financial policymakers from developing countries working to increase access to financial services for the poor.
  • Prepared materials for classes on legislative drafting at Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan's national law school.
  • Partnered with ArchCity Defenders and Equal Justice Under the Law on a debtor's prison litigation brought against the City of Ferguson, Missouri.

The best aspects of the summer program were the amazing interaction of the partners, the opportunity to bond with the summer associates and the variety of summer events.

Trisha Grant
Associate, Washington, DC