Pro Bono


Annie Mohan
Manager of Pro Bono and CSR
+1 212 504 6665

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. 

Black & Latino Association Immigration Clinic

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.

LGBT Network Name Change Clinic

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.

Not-for-Profit Incubator

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.

September 11

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Cadwalader committed substantial funds to help restore, rebuild and revive the New York City downtown area, as well as to assist in the World Trade Center disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The firm was a leader in the New York legal community’s response to the terrorist attacks, registering with the New York State Bar Association to provide free consultation and representation to disaster victims and to handle legal needs related to real estate, trusts and estates and litigation for individuals and small businesses.

Small Business Clinic

Working with our bank clients, we host and staff small business clinics organized by Start Small Think Big, an organization committed to helping low- to moderate income individuals build and sustain thriving businesses in underserved New York City communities. Our lawyers advise business owners on the requirements for conducting business online, such as website terms of use and privacy policies.

Veterans Life Planning Clinic

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.

Women’s Leadership Initiative Housing Clinic

Attorneys who participate in the WLI Housing Clinic are focused on helping low-income tenants in New York public housing keep and/or repair their homes. The outcomes in these cases, referred by The Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC, 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.

Members of our Pro Bono Advisory Group include;


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