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January 17, 2020
Cravath's Pro Bono Practice Featured in Lawdragon

Lawdragon highlighted Cravath’s pro bono practice in an article entitled “Standing Tall: Cravath’s 200 Years of Pro Bono,” which featured Cravath partners Peter T. Barbur, Julie A. North, Antony L. Ryan, Darin P. McAtee and Damaris Hernández. The profile covers the Firm’s commitment to pro bono work since its inception in the early nineteenth century, with more recent representations including winning the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted Kareem Bellamy, challenging the New York Board of Parole on behalf of eight “juvenile lifers” sentenced to life in prison for offenses committed when under 18 years of age, fighting to confirm same‑sex couples’ right to foster children in South Carolina and winning a landmark class action settlement to make New York City’s sidewalks accessible for the disability community.

“We have lots of resources and we bring those resources to bear on issues, whether it’s systemic or individual,” Julie North told the magazine.

Other matters noted include a multi‑decade effort on behalf of African‑American firefighters in Birmingham, Alabama, an ongoing suit for New York City’s foster care children, a settlement for a victim of sexual assault at Rikers Island and a large uptick in immigration cases. “We are seeing asylum cases from all over the world,” said Antony Ryan.

For pro bono clients, “as with all Cravath clients, the focus is persistently on finding the right answer, rather than merely the most expedient or efficient,” wrote Lawdragon.

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