Cadwalader’s latest annual Pro Bono Report highlights the firm’s ongoing pro bono programs and the related work of its attorneys, which is often undertaken in partnership with clients, legal service agencies and other non-profits. With the firm’s pro bono engagements that range from individual advocacy to staffing legal clinics and counseling nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and UK, the report illustrates a number of these collaborative efforts from 2019, including:
- Cadwalader Black & Latino Association Immigration Clinic – A network of Cadwalader attorneys, working in coordination with legal services organizations, helps vulnerable immigrants obtain legal status through various forms of relief.
- Cadwalader LGBT Network Transgender Name Change Clinic – The firm’s partnership with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) enables its attorneys to provide free legal name change services to low-income transgender people.
- Cadwalader Not-for-Profit Incubator – A team of its attorneys and staff incorporate and obtain tax-exempt status for not-for-profit organizations (nearly 300 over the past decade).
- Cadwalader Women’s Leadership Initiative Housing Clinic – Firm attorneys help low-income tenants in New York public housing, as referred by The Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC, keep and repair their homes.
- Cadwalader Veterans Network: Serving Those Who Served – Firm attorneys partner with several legal services programs to assist veterans and their families with a variety of legal needs in their post-service lives.
- Small Business Clinics – Working with its bank clients, the firm hosts and staffs quarterly small business clinics organized by Smart Small Think Big to advise business owners on the requirements for conducting business online.
- Legal Clinics – Firm lawyers participate in and host several legal clinics to offer advice and guidance to underserved groups in local communities, addressing issues including domestic violence, naturalization, and legal counsel related to child support and guardianship.
“Cadwalader has long embraced and supported a culture of community service, and we are proud of the good work our attorneys and staff perform every year,” said Jason Halper, chair of Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group and its Pro Bono Advisory Group chair. “As we all experience the challenges of COVID-19, we are nonetheless actively leveraging our strong existing pro bono relationships and partnerships to respond to the increasing needs throughout our communities.”
To view a full copy of the Cadwalader Pro Bono Report, please visit here.