The Proskauer corporate social responsibility and pro bono blog

Proskauer’s Chicago Office Hosts Conflict Resolution Workshop for Adopt-a-School Students

On October 16, 2017, Proskauer’s Chicago office hosted a conflict resolution workshop with students from Muchin College Prep in connection with Proskauer’s Adopt-a-School program.

The workshop was presented by The Center for Conflict Resolution (“CCR”), which is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to provide mediation-based services to manage and resolve conflict.

 

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Serving Those Who Served with PATHCooks

Los Angeles has the highest population of homeless veterans in the United States.  Proskauer’s Los Angeles office supports several programs that provide direct assistance to LA’s homeless veterans, including PATHCooks.  Several times a year, Proskauer volunteers plan and serve dinner to the residents of PATH’s Westside Center through the PATHCooks program.  PATH’s Westside Center provides interim housing to get homeless veterans off the streets as quickly as possible while they work with the Veterans Administration and PATH staff to move into permanent homes or treatment centers.  PATH’s Westside center has 32 beds for male veterans.

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Human Trafficking and the Need to Go Beyond Pro Bono

Last month I had the honor of accepting an award on behalf of Proskauer that was presented by Gloria Steinem on behalf of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW).  The firm works closely with CATW, and other organizations, in representing victims of human trafficking.  There is no question that this work is impactful and important, but I’ve learned that conventional pro bono — namely, representing individuals — is simply not enough.  We need to look beyond the individual case, to help raise public awareness and to advocate for certain commonsense changes in the law and public policy.

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Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Through Her Justice

Her Justice is a non-profit that recruits caring, talented attorneys from New York City’s law firms, including Proskauer, to provide free legal help in the areas of family, divorce and immigration law to women living in poverty, most of whom are victims of domestic violence.

I first got involved with Her Justice as a summer associate.  Since then, I have dedicated my pro bono efforts to Her Justice clients, most notably to Valerie* and her three daughters.

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Making a Difference After School With Bro/Sis

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) is a community-based, nonprofit organization located in Harlem that provides after-school and long-term support services to Black and Latino youth from ages eight to 22 in impoverished communities.  Bro/Sis aims to cultivate leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, drug awareness, political education and social justice, Pan African and Latino history, and global awareness.  Each year Bro/Sis provides direct guidance and support to more than 350 youth.

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Helping GrowNYC for Good

Most environmental organizations are primarily interested in undisturbed landscapes and waters, naturally occurring flora and fauna, and other non-urban natural resources. Proskauer has long been involved with an exceptional group called  GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environmental quality of New York City.

Founded in 1970 after the first Earth Day by Mayor John V. Lindsay, it was initially called the Mayor’s Council on the Environment (formed the same year as the Federal Council on Environmental Quality). GrowNYC, as it is now called, has grown to become a leading driver of environmental programs aimed at New York City residents and visitors.

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Reading Out Loud

Photo: Sean Sime

I am a public school kid of a public school teacher. I remember learning to read from the back of a cereal box with my mom as I ate breakfast each morning.  Encouraged by after-school teachers and librarians, I thought I would just read every book, starting with the authors whose names ended in A and working my way to Z.  The help of caring adults was invaluable in gaining the confidence I needed to succeed in school and life. Because of the encouragement and support I had at a young age, I  am still an avid reader today–of more than just food labels.
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