About Us

Impacting Lives and Communities

Since the firm’s founding in 1931, our pro bono work has been central to our culture. We have focused on helping underserved and vulnerable communities tackle social problems and solve complex legal issues. Through our pro bono efforts, we fight in court to ensure laws are evenly applied. We provide our experience—both as lawyers and as members of our communities—to social service organizations working to create positive change for marginalized groups. We forge alliances with global corporations who share our dedication to increasing equality and opportunity for all. And we come to the aid of individuals who need legal assistance to overcome hurdles and start new lives. We are deeply committed to continuing the tangible progress our pro bono work has made in strengthening our communities.

To learn more about our commitment, download our pro bono brochure.

Debevoise Pro Bono Work Highlighted in Wall Street Journal Article: “Former Judge Seeks to Shorten Mandatory Prison Terms He Once Imposed” 
The pro bono work led by Judge Gleeson through The Holloway Project, which seeks to reduce unduly harsh prison sentences faced by prisoners, largely men of color, is among the firm’s most important racial equity initiatives. To date, The Holloway Project team of nearly 40 lawyers and staff has secured the release of 11 prisoners and represent nearly three dozen others. They have also won appeals in four different circuit courts which means the legal arguments that they pioneered will be available to other prisoners. Recently, The Wall Street Journal ran a profile of The Holloway Project, which features Judge Gleeson and litigation associate Marisa Taney. Read the WSJ profile here.

Firm Recognition

Others have taken note of our deep and longstanding commitment to pro bono legal service.

Our Pro Bono Work in Focus

Debevoise Honored With CJA “Partner in Justice” Award

Debevoise was honored with the “Partner in Justice” award by the Center for Justice and Accountability for our work towards ensuring perpetrators of atrocity crimes are held accountable. In this video, on behalf of the Debevoise team, partner Catherine Amirfar thanks CJA for the recognition.

Debevoise Pro Bono Counsel Jennifer Cowan Discusses Supreme Court Case Tanzin v. Tanvir

In a Legal Talk Today podcast, Debevoise pro bono counsel Jennifer Cowan discusses the importance of the Tanzin v. Tanvir victory in the Supreme Court, in which Debevoise was co-counsel with CUNY School of Law CLEAR Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and what it means for religious liberty.

Debevoise Video Highlights Work with Center for Reproductive Rights at the UN