Debevoise Donates $25,000 Across Five Community Organizations on Behalf of Counsel and Associates, as Part of Program to Encourage Pro Bono Legal Services

28 May 2021

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is donating $5,000 to each of five community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of underserved populations. The organizations were selected by counsel and associates who worked 50 or more hours on pro bono matters in 2020, which made them eligible to nominate an organization and vote for the donation recipients. In choosing these organizations, the lawyers considered the challenges faced by local communities this past year, the services offered by the organizations, and the impact of the donations.

The five organizations selected to receive donations are:

  • Bread for the City, which provides food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services to Washington, DC residents. The organization seeks justice through community organizing and public advocacy, and works to uproot racism.
  • Immigrant History Initiative (IHI), a New Haven, CT-based organization dedicated to fundamentally changing how we learn, talk and think about race, migration and social justice. IHI is a pro bono client of the firm and was co-founded by former Debevoise associate Julia Chang Wang.
  • Parole Preparation Project, which provides critical advocacy and direct support to currently and formerly incarcerated people serving life sentences, and seeks to transform the parole release process in New York State.
  • Rehabilitation Through The Arts, an organization that offers programs in the arts to prisoners at six maximum- and medium-security New York State correctional facilities within a 100-mile radius of New York City, to help people in prison develop the skills to unlock their potential and succeed in the larger community.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, which works to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged adults, children and families in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice and pro bono representation, with the goal of securing fair and equal treatment within the legal system. 

Debevoise provides a wide array of pro bono legal services to marginalized communities and underserved populations on matters ranging from landmark international and national disputes to representations of low-income individuals. We also partner with clients on a range of corporate, litigation and tax pro bono matters in clinic settings and individual matters.