We believe in giving back, and we want attorneys who have a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others —in 2017, our attorneys contributed more than 236,000 pro bono hours in support of our communities, and over the past nine years, they have contributed more than 1.5 million. Considered on their own, those efforts would make Skadden one of the nation's leading pro bono service providers — in addition, of course, to being a pre-eminent law firm.
We embrace the idea that community service is a personal endeavor, so we ask: How would you like to give back, and what can we do to make it happen?
Our approach to pro bono service can be summarized as this: If we see a void, we draw our resources together to fill it. It may sound simple, but when you take a group of Skadden lawyers and arm them with that philosophy, you get great results.
Sometimes our individual efforts add up to something bigger collectively, such as the number of hours we dedicate topro bono matters each year. Occasionally, what we create becomes more far-reaching than we could have imagined, like the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.
Through it all, we embrace the idea that community service is a personal endeavor. So, what issues do you think are important? Where and how would you like to give back? What can we do to make it happen?
Our pro bono work is diverse and far-reaching. It includes work related to immigration and asylum; nonprofit incorporation, tax exemption and operations; civil litigation; administrative hearings; life planning; criminal matters; community development; veterans’ issues; and cases involving domestic violence survivors. As of July 2018, our lawyers are working on over 450 current matters for nonprofit organizations. Hundreds of our lawyers are involved in more than 500 immigration open cases.. Skadden hosted 15 immigration related clinics in 2017, including naturalization application, naturalization screening, DACA, U-Visa, and unaccompanied minor immigrant clinics, and over 210 Skadden attorneys met with more than 285 clients. Since 2010, our attorneys have helped more than 90 individuals from over 30 nations secure asylum in the United States alone. In the last five years, our lawyers have gotten two inmates off of death row, helped secure the exoneration of a man serving a life sentence for crimes he did not commit, helped one defendant become ineligible for the death penalty, and, working with co-counsel, won a Supreme Court case for a fifth based on the right to DNA testing. Our attorneys were among the first legal responders in neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy. And when some at the legal aid organization that we partner with temporarily lost their offices because of the storm, we made room for them to set up shop in our offices in Times Square until renovations were complete.
Every year, our summer associates contribute thousands of hours of pro bono service, and when they rejoin the firm as attorneys, there is no limit to the type of impact they can have making communities stronger and pro bono clients' lives better. Nearly all of our summer associates work on pro bono matters.