Pro Bono


Zuckerman Spaeder LLP has a distinguished tradition of pro bono service, which is recognized nationally and locally for its innovation and high impact. Pro bono service speaks to who we are as lawyers and a law firm. Our pro bono practice seeks to ensure equal justice under the law. Each year our lawyers volunteer thousands of hours of time to represent the legal interests of those who are among the most vulnerable in our society. Every year most of our lawyers handle one or more cases pro bono. In 2012, our lawyers firm-wide have devoted an average of more than 63 hours each to pro bono service.

Our pro bono efforts have been recognized with numerous awards in recent years, including: Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year from the District of Columbia Bar; the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) for our death penalty representations; the Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association for an attorney’s ongoing leadership with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s Appellate Advocacy Project; and the Daniel M. Gribbon Award for Pro Bono Advocacy from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for our attorneys’ representation of Guantanamo Bay inmates.

The vast majority of our pro bono representations are direct representations of people of low-income or organizations that represent people of low-income. Many of these representations are referred to us by federal and state courts or by legal service providers because they present important issues of law, have the potential to benefit a large number of people, or are particularly challenging.

Many Zuckerman Spaeder attorneys bring public service experience to the firm. Among our ranks are former public defenders and prosecutors, public interest law litigators, and many judicial law clerks. Our pro bono clients benefit from the combined experience and dedication of these attorneys and their colleagues, who strive to provide the highest caliber of legal service to all of their clients.

Our office in Washington, DC is a signatory to the Pro Bono Challenge of the Pro Bono Institute and its equivalent issued by the District of Columbia Bar, through which we have pledged to invest in pro bono service time equivalent to at least 3 percent of attorney time on paying matters. Our New York office is a signatory to the like minded Pro Bono Statement of Principles issued by the New York City Bar Association.