Curtis is committed to the belief that the practice of law presents unique opportunities to serve the local, national and international communities. Curtis is actively engaged in pro bono service at all levels of the firm, in all of our offices and across all of our practices.
Our pro bono program serves individuals in need in a variety of matters, including political asylum and domestic violence matters. We also serve a great number of public service organizations and not-for-profit entities engaged in a wide array of social services and other public service activities. These include schools, mentoring programs, arts organizations, human rights groups, and disability advocacy and support programs. In many instances, the firm serves as general or special counsel to these organizations in much the same way it does for other clients. Our pro bono activities also draw on the firm's strength in the international arena.
In addition to pro bono clients for which Curtis serves as general or special counsel, for many of our pro bono engagements we draw upon our long-standing affiliations with a number of volunteer-driven legal services organizations, including Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Human Rights First, Sanctuary for Families, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A and the Legal Aid Society, among others.
The pro bono program is an integral part of the practice of law at Curtis. Each pro bono engagement is supervised by a partner. Associates receive billable hour credits for time spent on pro bono representations.
Following is a representative list of the foundations, not-for-profits and public service organizations for which Curtis acts as outside general or special counsel:
- Classic Stage Company
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Fundacion APAC
- Girls Incorporated
- Harlem Academy
- Keren Or Center for Blind Multi-Handicapped Children
- Minds Matter
- September 11 Victim Compensation Fund
- Shalva - The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children
- Society of International Humanitarian Surgeons
- The Jacob Burns Film Center
- UNETE (Entrepreneurial Union for Technology in Education)
- Union de Empresarios