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 Wins Award of Punitive Damages for Violation of Automatic Stay

Pro Bono Counsel to The Fund for Public Schools on Computer Science for All Initiative

Landmark Victory in ‘Conversion Therapy’ Litigation

Settlement for US Citizen Minor Detained by Customs and Border Protection

Cleary Gottlieb Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of DV LEAP in Significant Victory for Victims of Sexual Assault

Cleary Gottlieb Authors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

Cleary Gottlieb Secures Critical Ruling in ‘Conversion Therapy’ Litigation

Cleary Gottlieb Secures Immigration Remedy for Human Trafficking Victim

Pro Bono Firm of the Year
Law360, 2012, 2013 and 2015
Pro Bono Leadership Award
Legal Services NYC, 2014 and 2015

Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy
Sanctuary for Families, 2011-2014
Honored for Pro Bono Work on behalf of Domestic Violence Victims
DV LEAP, 2014
Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award
Legal Aid Society, 2014
Pro Bono Publico Award
Legal Aid Society, 2009-2014
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 
Outstanding Achievement Award for School Partnership Program
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2014
Pro Bono Partner of the Year
The Bronx Defenders, 2013
Outstanding Work for LGBT Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center, 2013
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

2014 Pro Bono Practice Highlights

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