In 2005, Kaye Scholer increased its commitment when it endorsed the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's "Statement of Pro Bono Principles," which pledged that all lawyers would perform an aggregate amount of 50 or more hours of pro bono work each year.
We are particularly proud of our 30-year tradition of taking on difficult habeas and clemency petitions for indigent death row inmates. The former Chair of Kaye Scholer's Executive Committee set an example by personally handling several death penalty cases, including arguing Beck v. Alabama (1980) and Lowenfield v. Phelps (1988) in the United States Supreme Court.
We have long been active in areas such as asylum, protecting the rights of low-income citizens, and supporting advocacy groups. Our lawyers frequently represent pro bono clients in U.S. district courts and circuit courts of appeals. We also provide counsel on contract, corporate, employment, intellectual property and real estate issues to many not-for-profit organizations (including those created by social entrepreneurs who have been awarded Echoing Green Fellowships) and to microentrepreneurs.
Kaye Scholer's lawyers are heavily involved in numerous philanthropic organizations and bar associations, including the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the City Bar Justice Center, Echoing Green, Inwood House, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Legal Momentum, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the New York Bar Foundation, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and The Legal Aid Society.
Pro Bono Awards
- NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Award
- Human Rights First Annual Law Firm Award
- ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Exceptional Service Award
- National Legal Aid & Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award
- Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation
- ABA Section of Business Law National Public Service Award
- Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award
- Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service
- Sanctuary for Families “Above and Beyond” Award