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Debevoise’s Commitment
to Pro Bono Legal Service
Pro bono legal service has been deeply rooted in our culture since Debevoise was founded in 1931. While it satisfies our ethical obligation to help those in need, it is also part of what makes our lawyers strong leaders of our practices, and our communities.

We finished No. 1 overall and No. 1 in pro bono among all U.S. law firms in The American Lawyer’s recently published “10-Year A-List,” and are a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge™, agreeing to commit at least 5% of annual billed time to pro bono matters, as well as the New York City Bar Statement of Pro Bono Principles.

Debevoise has longstanding relationships with legal service organizations like The Legal Aid Society, Human Rights First, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Inc. and LawWorks who refer work to our lawyers. Other pro bono projects grow out of interests that our lawyers pursue outside of the firm.

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July 2014

Debevoise Files Fifth Circuit Amicus Brief on Behalf of Plaintiffs in Successful 5th Circuit Challenge to Mississippi’s Abortion Law

Debevoise Secures Victory for Prisoner’s Rights Case

June 2014

Debevoise Associate Conway Blake Is Awarded the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award

May 2014

Debevoise Partners with Catalyst on its Global Report, “Inclusive Leadership: The View From Six Countries”

April 2014

Debevoise Achieves Victory on Behalf of a Class of Thousands of Mentally Ill Inmates Receiving Treatment While in New York City Jails

Debevoise Partner Catherine Amirfar Is named “Pro Bono: Private Practice Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers & Partners

March 2014

Debevoise Successfully Obtains Asylum for Two Brothers from Macedonia

Debevoise Defeats Motion to Dismiss Action Under the Nursing Mothers Provision of Affordable Care Act

February 2014

Debevoise Wins Asylum for Victim of Domestic Violence

Debevoise Advises Scenic Hudson in Negotiating the Purchase of a Mural from Long Reach Arts 


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