Challenging pro bono work has long been a cornerstone of our practice. It is a fundamental part of who we are and it is critically important to those whom we help. The full resources of the Firm are brought to bear in support of every pro bono matter, whether the client is a low‑income single mother or a coalition of U.S. Congress members.
Our pro bono work also provides a meaningful way for our lawyers to develop and strengthen their legal skills. Associates and summer associates are strongly encouraged to take on pro bono clients, and they’re instructed to provide them with the same top‑tier representation we offer our paying clients. Under a partner’s supervision, associates have taken the lead in cases where they represent domestic violence survivors, political asylum seekers, hospitalized children, wrongfully convicted inmates, victims of racial and gender discrimination, and many others. Associates have provided transactional advice to non‑profit organizations, and they have worked on precedent‑setting litigation in areas that range from civil rights to copyright law. From defending one of the first Native Americans tried for the murder of a white man in New York to helping establish the Miranda doctrine, our attorneys have achieved landmark victories in civil rights cases that have changed society for the better. Pro bono opportunities are readily available to lawyers in all the Firm’s practice areas.
Our legal services partners include the ACLU, American Immigrant Representation Project, Brennan Center for Justice, CAIR NY, Center for Global Enterprise, City Bar Justice Center, Disability Rights Advocates, Her Justice, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, KIND, Lambda Legal, Lawyers Alliance, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Legal Aid Society of New York, Legal Services NYC, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York City Anti‑Violence Project, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York Legal Assistance Group, NYU Veterans Legal Services Project, Office of the Appellate Defender, Sanctuary for Families, Trustlaw, Vera Institute of Justice, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Volunteers of Legal Service, and many of them have recognized the Firm with awards for our pro bono work.
We are also members of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and the Alliance for Asian American Justice.
Antony Ryan, Pro Bono Partner
From the Firm’s inception, challenging pro bono work has been a cornerstone of our practice.
Through our longstanding pro bono practice, Cravath lawyers are making high-impact contributions that are advancing justice and improving clients’ lives.
Our recent matters showcase the latest developments across various areas of the Firm's representation.
Our associates and summer associates are strongly encouraged to take on pro bono clients and, in doing so, have the opportunity to hone their legal skills while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
As a result of our commitment to pro bono work, Cravath has been recognized by various outlets and organizations.
There is no Cravath “type.” Our lawyers represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Yet, all share important qualities - intelligence, creativity, energy, dedication and a commitment to excellence.
Celebrating 200 years of partnership. In 2019, we celebrated our bicentennial. Our history mirrors that of our nation. Integral to our story is our culture.