Proskauer has a long history of public service and a distinctive pro bono program that enables its lawyers to make a broad impact through a variety of projects.
We encourage our lawyers to make pro bono a vital part of their practice from the beginning of their careers, and pursue pro bono matters with the same vigor they devote to billable work. Every first-year associate is given a pro bono project upon joining the Firm, and all of our lawyers are expected to perform at least 50 pro bono hours annually.
Our extensive pro bono docket ranges from high-impact litigation and complex transactions for nonprofit organizations to matters for low-income individuals seeking equal access to justice. We help a wide range of pro bono clients, including community groups, refugees, domestic violence and human trafficking victims, low-income tenants and artists, veterans, Holocaust survivors, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Our lawyers have played a crucial role in shaping issues such as gender equality, voting rights and religious freedom.
Our pro bono program is led by a full-time pro bono partner who is a former federal prosecutor, and a full-time pro bono counsel with prior experience as a senior litigation associate. This team works closely with the Firm’s corporate social responsibility program, as well as the Pro Bono Initiative Committee.
There is a tremendous unmet need for legal services among the poor and disadvantaged. A firm’s commitment to equal access to justice is vitally important.
William Silverman, Pro Bono Partner