May 03, 2016
Osvaldo Garcia, an attorney in Cadwalader's Private Wealth Group, has been awarded the New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award in the Young Lawyer category.
Garcia, a second-year associate, is the founder and current director of the Cadwalader Black and Latino Association Immigration Clinic, an internal support network for the firm’s attorneys handling pro bono immigration matters. In 2015, recognizing that the firm had been handling immigration matters for many years, Garcia saw an opportunity to tap into the wealth of accrued knowledge by launching a comprehensive clinic that would bolster attorney training, engagement and awareness of immigration issues. With the sponsorship of Cadwalader’s Black and Latino Association affinity group, Garcia pitched the idea to the firm’s leadership and the proposal was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
The Immigration Clinic brings together Cadwalader attorneys and other experts to review cases involving undocumented immigrants. A knowledge database has also been established, offering training materials and model samples of briefs and pleadings that help attorneys involved with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings, asylum applications and Violence Against Women Act petitions, among others.
“My commitment to the immigration cause stems from my personal experience as an immigrant to the United States,” said Garcia, who arrived in America as a 10-year-old with his family. “This country allowed me to legally become a resident, obtain an education and become a lawyer. I believe these opportunities have bestowed upon me a duty to make a difference in the lives of other immigrants who have not been as fortunate.”
Garcia’s practice focuses on international and domestic estate planning, estate administration, trust administration and family law. He also advises clients in complex commercial disputes. Garcia received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and B.A. from Florida International University, magna cum laude.
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