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2019 Pro Bono Report – Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest

Pro Bono Report 2019

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our mission

From its founding, Lowenstein Sandler has been committed to advancing the public interest and serving communities in need. The Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest embodies this commitment, directing the firm’s strong pro bono program and other forms of civic and philanthropic engagement. Through these efforts, the center addresses significant social problems and offers meaningful assistance to low-income and other marginalized people, along with the organizations that advocate for and support them. This work engages the full range of the firm’s talents and reflects the core values that imbue all of the firm’s efforts: to perform work of the highest quality in a manner that maximizes results for our clients and causes.

Standing Back Up

Standing Back Up

A little before Thanksgiving, one of our immigration clients came for lunch. She had reached out to say that she wanted to thank her legal team. We ordered tacos and sat together in a conference room. She cried, not from sadness, but from overwhelming gratitude. “You made my life possible,” she said. “Without you, I wouldn’t be here.” Her lawyers talked over one another to say that we’re the ones who are grateful, that we feel lucky to know her.

But that doesn’t begin to cover it. She was 15 when we met her and had already suffered sexual assault and witnessed the murder of her father. She had guided her younger sister through a dangerous journey to the United States, and when they crossed the river, immigration agents had arrested them and initiated removal proceedings against them. Even with counsel, she had been denied two separate forms of relief. The team had moved for reconsideration and filed multiple appeals before finally securing a green card for her. She had waited and waited and waited to find safety here.

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Pro Bono by the Numbers

The firm

23373 hours

to pro bono
in 2019

On average,
each Lowenstein
lawyer spent

63 hours

on pro bono
in 2019

lawyers served

546 pro bono

in 2019

The firm
has dedicated

441531 hours

to pro bono work
over the past
23 years