Commitment to public service and pro bono legal work is a defining characteristic of Simpson Thacher. In 2011, lawyers at the Firm devoted more than 73,000 hours to pro bono projects, working on matters as diverse as representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States, counseling struggling micro-entrepreneurs, representing environmental organizations seeking to protect endangered species and the nation's wilderness areas, providing corporate and tax counsel to a wide range of non-profit organizations, representing Guantanamo detainees in connection with petitions for writs of habeas corpus, and authoring amicus briefs on constitutional law issues before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of civil rights organizations throughout the country. The Firm's commitment to pro bono activities, human rights, and community service is further illustrated by its sponsorship of year-long Public Service Fellowships, Summer Public Interest Fellowships, and externships at several legal services organizations.
Simpson Thacher has handled on a pro bono basis matters involving The Legal Aid Society, the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Legal Services for New York City, Human Rights First, the City Bar Justice Center, inMotion, Inc., the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Doctors Without Borders (recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize), The Apollo Theater Foundation, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the Natural Resources Defense Council, New Visions for Public Schools, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Robin Hood Foundation. The Firm has been recognized with awards from such distinguished organizations as The Legal Aid Society, the New York State Bar Association, inMotion, Sanctuary for Families, Volunteers of Legal Service, the United Federation of Teachers, Immigration Equality, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund, the Lawyers Alliance for New York and the City Bar Justice Center.
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