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Through a range of pro bono programs, Cadwalader provides assistance to organizations and individuals who cannot afford quality legal representation. We strive to lead by example, matching the diverse interests of our lawyers with the wide-ranging needs of our pro bono clients. Our efforts are connected by a common thread — a collective dedication and commitment to helping the underserved and disadvantaged.
We have established several signature projects to help individuals and communities at the margins of society reach greater levels of self sufficiency.
Founded in 2015, the Clinic serves as a support network meant to increase attorney awareness, knowledge and engagement on pro bono immigration matters, and to inspire more attorneys to take on pro bono immigration matters and feel less daunted by the process. This network of Cadwalader attorneys helps marginalized and vulnerable immigrants obtain legal status through various forms of relief, including asylum applications, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings and Violence Against Women Act self-petitions.
The firm’s LGBT Network (CLN) partners with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s (TLDEF) Name Change Project to provide free legal name change services to low-income transgender people. Securing a legal name change is an important step toward making many transgender individuals’ legal identities match their lived experience. Navigating the court system can be intimidating without counsel. Our program provides the legal representation clients need to successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives..
Over the past 10 years, Cadwalader’s Not-for-Profit Incubator has incorporated and obtained tax exemption for more than 300 organizations, whose missions include, among others, combating poverty and recidivism, promoting the arts in disadvantaged communities, and advocating for women’s rights. The Incubator takes these organizations from concept to reality, working hand-in-hand with clients to prepare formation documents and all required legal paperwork for the IRS and state agencies.
Our Veterans Network Life Planning Clinic strives to empower veterans and low-income seniors to age in place and with dignity, access their legal rights, and live without fear of homelessness. Our attorneys, in partnership with Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), prepare wills, powers of attorney, and other essential directives and life planning documents for this vulnerable population.
Attorneys who participate in the WLI Housing Clinic are focused on helping low-income tenants in New York public housing remain in and/or repair their homes. The outcomes in these cases, referred by The Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC and New York Legal Assistance Group, can make a life-changing difference for the financially-challenged clients we represent and their families, particularly when affordable housing in New York City is in such short supply.