Greenberg Traurig Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

Fordham Law in Gudenews, October 19, 2012

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International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP marks the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Pro Bono Week 2012 (Oct. 21-27) with a full schedule of events. National Pro Bono Week is a nation-wide event that focuses attention on the increased need for pro bono services during challenging economic times and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their legal services.

“We welcome this week-long celebration of pro bono services. In our current economic climate, lawyers cannot neglect their duty to their communities,” said Holly R. Skolnick, head of the firm’s pro bono program. “The private sector must partner with social service organizations, engage its attorneys and staff, and work together to make a difference for those who cannot afford legal services.”

Greenberg Traurig lawyers across the firm’s offices provide pro bono legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. The firm has ongoing partnerships with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, inMotion (Network for Women’s Services), Children and Family Justice Center, Just Neighbors Immigrant Ministry, Center for Community Change, University of Miami School of Law’s Children and Youth Law Clinic, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, D.C. Employment Justice Center, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and the Archdiocesan Legal Network.

Greenberg Traurig’s Pro Bono Program focuses its resources on specialized and interrelated issues including:

        Civil rights
        Anti-human trafficking
        Family law matters
        Criminal appeals
        Immigration and political asylum
        Housing and homelessness
        Healthcare

Additionally, Greenberg Traurig has a long-standing relationship with Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for law students and lawyers to deliver effective legal representation to underserved communities and causes. Since 1999, Greenberg Traurig has sponsored nearly 100 Equal Justice Works Fellows in 38 cities across the country. The Fellows have worked in 26 different issue areas from domestic violence and disability rights to economic development, welfare reform, health care and immigration law. In conjunction with the firm’s wider pro bono program, the partnership enables Greenberg Traurig to make a tremendous impact in communities around the country.

The following is a sampling of Greenberg Traurig’s events for National Pro Bono Week. Also, the firm will name a “Pro Bono Office of the Year” to honor the office with the most extraordinary results for its pro bono clients in 2012.

Monday, October 22, 2012
Challenges in Public Interest Law: Advocating For Children – New York, NY – MetLife Building
Panel of Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Fellows
Claire Blumenson
Public Defender Service for District of Columbia - Washington, D.C.
Betsy Havens
Florida Legal Services, Inc. - Miami, Florida
Amanda Klemas
Massachusetts Advocates for Children - Boston, Massachusetts

The Fellows will provide an overview of serious legal challenges facing low-income families and children. The Panel will also discuss how Greenberg Traurig attorneys get involved.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Pro Bono Fair, Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony – New York, NY – MetLife Building
Discussion of exciting pro bono opportunities in New York City including information regarding the firm’s signature Family Court Project, as well about Human Rights First, Advocates for Children, Veterans Benefits, Artistic Noise and inMotion.

Cocktail Reception – West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach County Bar Association
Bridget A. Berry, Shareholder, and the firm’s West Palm Beach office are hosting a cocktail reception to celebrate the success of four Equal Justice Works Fellows serving Palm Beach County through the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Innocence Project: Compelling an Evidence Search for Post-Conviction DNA Testing – New York, NY – MetLife Building
Greenberg Traurig is offering a CLE program to its attorneys that will enable them to work directly on cases for the Innocence Project. Participants will learn how to compel prosecutors to search for evidence for use in DNA testing. David Loftis of the Innocence Project will speak.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Equal Justice Works 2012 Annual Dinner – Washington, D.C. – Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Greenberg Traurig is the headline sponsor of Equal Justice Works’ Annual Gala dinner, and Cesar L. Alvarez, Greenberg Traurig’s Executive Chairman, serves as a co-chair. Equal Justice Works is honoring Randal S. Milch, the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon, for his commitment to equal justice.

Friday, October 26, 2012

International Law Weekend - 91st Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association: The Global Fight Against Sex Trafficking – New York – Fordham Law School
William C. Silverman, Shareholder and head of Greenberg Traurig's pro bono program in New York, is speaking on the topic of human trafficking at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association during International Law Weekend.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

For more information about National Pro Bono Week, please visit http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/