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Pro Bono & Volunteer Opportunities

Attorneys, law students, and other volunteers work in partnership with Legal Aid Society staff in order to expand our ability to provide legal services to a greater number of clients and communities.

All pro bono referrals have been screened by our attorneys and legal professionals who are experts in the field. Those same experts remain on the case to provide mentorship and guidance throughout the representation.

From The Staff of the Pro Bono Practice

We Draw Strength from You

Last year, over 3,000 volunteers donated 190,000 hours of legal assistance to the clients of The Legal Aid Society.

But no metrics can adequately quantify what pro bono assistance means to a family facing homelessness, a client whose rights are violated by unlawful police conduct, or a child in foster care whose educational needs are not being met.

For over 140 years The Legal Aid Society has worked together with the private bar to provide life changing legal assistance and deliver “Justice In Every Borough”.

The staff of The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Practice is:

Lou Sartori, Director
Karen Fisher Gutheil, Supervising Attorney
Rosemary Hare-Bey, Pro Bono Coordinator

Lou Sartori, Karen Gutheil, Rosemary Hare-Bey

Impact of Our Pro Bono Work

196,677

Hours of pro bono work by 3,038 volunteers

2,237

Attorneys from 71 law firms

525

Interns from 67 law schools

2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll

  • Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kasowitz Benson & Torres LLP
  • Kelley Drye Warren LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Milbank LLP
  • Morrison Foerster LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Stroock LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • White & Case LLP
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
2020

Pro Bono Publico Awards

Unable to hold our annual Pro Bono Publico Awards event, this year nearly 1,200 volunteer attorneys from the following firms received an outdoor dining blanket in appreciation of their efforts on behalf of the clients of The Legal Aid Society.

2019

Pro Bono Publico Award Winners

The Legal Aid Society held the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony at the Prince George Ballroom on Monday, October 28th, honoring over 260 individual attorneys and 41 law firms for their outstanding and sustained achievements in pro bono services. Judge Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, presented the awards to the honorees.

The Public Interest Law Leadership Award was presented to Jennifer L. Kroman, of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Beginning in 2012, Jennifer’s collaboration with the Exploitation Intervention Project established a ground breaking pro bono project representing survivors of human trafficking seeking vacatur of prior convictions.

The 2019 Honorable Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Law Firm Award was presented to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, in recognition of its exceptional pro bono commitment to our organization and clients. Last year nearly 100 Debevoise staff contributed over 4,600 hours of critical legal assistance to clients in areas as diverse as immigration defense, disability advocacy, civil rights litigation, criminal appeals, and the preservation of affordable housing.

Lou Sartori and Jennifer L. Kroman at the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony