Oct 23, 2009
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, LLP, one of the world’s leading international law firms, was among the law firms honored by Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) for fulfilling its pro bono pledge at a ceremony held on October 6 at the offices of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate associate Christopher Tyrrell accepted the award on behalf of the firm from New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.
VOLS provides pro bono civil legal services to benefit vulnerable New York City populations, including children, the elderly poor, claimants denied unemployment insurance benefits, incarcerated mothers, persons with HIV/AIDS, and low-income microentrepreneurs. Each year, VOLS honors law firms who have taken and met or exceeded the VOLS Pro Bono Pledge, which asks that law firms participating in its community outreach projects provide an average of at least 30 hours of qualifying pro bono work per attorney.
“Cadwalader is committed to using the resources of the firm to make a difference in the lives of people who could not otherwise afford legal representation. Our participation in the VOLS Microenterprise Project, which offers business law counseling to low-income microentrepreneurs throughout the city, is just one way in which we can help others capitalize on their skills, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Christopher White, Cadwalader’s Chairman. “We are honored that VOLS has given us the opportunity to participate in these programs.”
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