Mayer Brown received the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 2019 President’s Pro Bono Service Award in the Large Law Firm category at its recent award ceremony. The award recognized the “breadth and scope of the firm’s pro bono involvement and its active and successful promotion of pro bono service by firm attorneys.”

The firm was nominated for the award by The Legal Aid Society, Lawyers Alliance for New York and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for being “a true leader and champion of pro bono work, demonstrating its resolute commitment to disadvantaged communities.”

Last year, Mayer Brown provided legal assistance in more than 200 pro bono matters in New York alone, including taking on seven cases that helped unaccompanied immigrant children in the New York area apply for asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. Lawyers in the firm’s New York office also advised a non-profit organization that empowers disadvantaged youth through education on a refinancing transaction and helped launch a project in criminal justice reform by assisting in the sealing of old criminal convictions under a recently enacted New York state law.

Mayer Brown is a leader in developing innovative approaches to pro bono work and the firm’s commitment to pro bono has received many accolades, being named to the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List and receiving the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s Cornerstone Award.

NYSBA is the largest voluntary state bar organization in the nation. Its objective is to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reform in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the legal profession.