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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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January 2014

Debevoise Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief with 90 Congressional Signatories in Affordable Care Act Matter

Debevoise Files Fifth Circuit Amicus Brief in Center for Reproductive Rights Matter

Debevoise Obtains a Favorable Settlement for Low Income Housing Client

Debevoise Wins Asylum for Detained Nepali Activist

September 2013

Debevoise Team Obtains Sentence of Probation for CJA client Facing Marijuana Conspiracy Charges

Debevoise Team Obtains Green Card for Victim of Domestic Violence

Debevoise Advises on Rwanda Works Rebranding

Debevoise Obtains Disability Benefits for Brooklyn Child

Debevoise Team Argues Motion to Dismiss Before Connecticut Superior Court in Education Finance Case

Debevoise is Recognized in Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2013

August 2013

Debevoise Obtains U-Visa for Abuse Survivor

Debevoise Obtains Sentence of Time Served for CJA Client Facing Charges of International Heroin Distribution and Importation Conspiracy

Judge Sustains Tenant Grievance, Finding Client Eligible for Public Housing

Debevoise Successfully Represents Hurricane Sandy Displacement Victim in Unemployment Assistance Claim

Debevoise Secures Tuition from the Department of Education for Special Needs Child

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