Pro Bono

Cleary Gottlieb believes that the practice of law is a privilege, one that carries with it the responsibility to apply our talents for the benefit of less privileged individuals and communities, as well as our profession and the public sector. Throughout the firm’s history, our lawyers have dedicated themselves to improving the community and helping people.


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Practice Highlights What Others Say About Our Practice

Cleary Gottlieb Files Suit to Vindicate Rights of Transgender Man to Fair Accommodations

Cleary Gottlieb Represents Isabella Freedman’s Merge with Hazon

Pro Bono Client Wins Dismissal of Charges in Marijuana Stop-and-Frisk Case

Cleary Gottlieb Wins Resettlement for Iraqi Refugee

Cleary Gottlieb Authors Amicus Brief Opposing the U.S. Practice of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison Without Parole

Pro Bono Client in Victory Against Police Forcible Handcuffings

Cleary Gottlieb Wins Cancellation of Removal for Former Soviet Political Refugee

Cleary Gottlieb Authors Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Behalf of the American Sociological Association in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Cleary Gottlieb Files First-of-Its-Kind Lawsuit Against Conversion Therapy Provider for Fraudulent Business Practices

Student Secures Special Education Benefits

Sex Trafficking Victim Obtains Relief

Former Death Row Inmate Released from Jail without Conditions Following more than 15 Years of Advocacy

Supreme Court Decision in Arizona v. United States Cites Cleary Gottlieb Amicus Brief on Behalf of 44 Former Attorneys General

Transgender Client Denied Access to Cancer Screenings Secures Insurance Coverage

Cleary Gottlieb Wins Important Victory in Lawsuit Challenging Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation Statute

New Haven Residents Targeted in 2007 Immigration Raid Reach Landmark Settlement with U.S. Government

Inmate Successfully Appeals Resentencing Denial

Pakistani Domestic Violence Victim Wins Asylum

Best International Firm for Pro Bono Work
Women in Law Business Awards, 2014

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program Pro Bono Award
Harvard Law School, 2014
Pro Bono Leadership Award
Legal Services NYC, 2014
Outstanding Achievement Award for School Partnership Program
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2014
Pro Bono Firm of the Year
Law360, 2012 and 2013 
Pro Bono Partner of the Year
The Bronx Defenders, 2013
Outstanding Work for LGBT Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center, 2013
Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy
Sanctuary for Families, 2011-2013

Pro Bono Publico Award
Legal Aid Society, 2009-2012
Marvin E. Frankel Award
Human Rights First, 2013

Social Justice Award
Urban Justice Center, 2013

Norman Redlich Award for Advocacy in a Death Penalty Case
City Bar Association, 2012

Annual Pro Bono Recognition Award
Legal Services NYC, 2011

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
DC Bar Pro Bono Program, 2011

S. Jeanne Hall Pro Bono Service Award
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2011

Highly Commended Firm for Responsible Business
Financial Times' U.S. Innovative Lawyers, 2010

Outstanding Achievement Award in the Area of Disability Rights
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 2010

Cornerstone Award honoring outstanding pro bono legal services to not-for-profits
Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2010

Pro Bono Counsel Honoree
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, 2010
"Engaging a Network for Change" recognition for work with the Education Law Research Project
Appleseed NY, 2009

VOLS Pro Bono Award
Volunteers of Legal Service, 2009

Volunteers and Leadership Award
Housing Conservation Coordinators, 2009

Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation
New York City Bar Association, 2008

Pro Bono Practice Report

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