Congratulations To Mayer Brown On Winning Pro Bono Award

May 3, 2019

News, Pro Bono Clearinghouse

NYLPI-nominated law firm Mayer Brown has won the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 2019 President’s Pro Bono Service Award, in recognition of the “breadth and scope of the firm’s pro bono involvement and its active and successful promotion of pro bono service by firm attorneys.”

In particular, Mayer Brown recently partnered with us here at NYLPI, and with the Community Service Society on a project assisting in the sealing of old criminal convictions, under a new law in New York State.

Every day New Yorkers with criminal records are prevented from working, finding housing and moving on with their lives because of criminal record discrimination. Through preparing motions and affidavits, this representation allows these clients to gain a fresh start, dramatically improving their lives, future employment opportunities and sense of self-worth. We wrote more about the project at the New York Law Journal, if you’re interested to read more.

Marcia T. Maack, Director of Pro Bono Activities for Mayer Brown, is pictured above, center, receiving the award on behalf of the firm. On the right is NYSBA President Michael Miller, and on the left is NYSBA President-Elect Hank Greenberg from Greenberg Traurig.

NYLPI nominated Mayer Brown alongside The Legal Aid Society and the Lawyers Alliance for New York for being “a true leader and champion of pro bono work, demonstrating its resolute commitment to disadvantaged communities.”

Last year, Mayer Brown provided legal assistance in more than 200 pro bono matters in New York alone, including taking on seven cases that helped unaccompanied immigrant children in the New York area apply for asylum and special immigrant juvenile status.

“We’re delighted that the New York State Bar Association agreed with us about Mayer Brown’s evident commitment to leading on pro bono,” said Marnie Berk, Director of Pro Bono Programs with NYLPI. “From the firm’s immigrant justice work, to assisting vulnerable tenants and leading the way on criminal justice reform, Mayer Brown continues to be a leader among their peers as a force for systemic and positive change on behalf of underrepresented New Yorkers.”

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