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Pro Bono & Community Involvement

We are committed to providing pro bono representation to individuals and organizations in the communities where we practice.

A Firm Commitment

Jackson Lewis P.C.’s deep commitment to pro bono legal services is formalized in its Pro Bono Initiative.  In 2016, our attorneys donated over 15,000 hours of pro bono legal services, and over $6 million worth of lawyers’ time to pro bono legal matters.

At the core of our Pro Bono Initiative is the belief that the firm and our attorneys play a unique role in ensuring equal access to the justice system on behalf of the disadvantaged and charitable organizations that serve the indigent. Not only does pro bono work provide a valuable public service, it dispenses invaluable training for our attorneys.  Jackson Lewis was included in Law 360’s list of “The 10 Most Charitable Law Firms,” a compilation of law firms that made the largest charitable donations in 2014.

National Coordinators

Robyn L. Aversa

Robyn L. Aversa
Principal
Morristown

973-451-6320
AversaR@jacksonlewis.com

Stephanie E. Lewis

Stephanie E. Lewis
Office Managing Principal
Greenville

864-672-8048
LewisS@jacksonlewis.com

John L. Sander
Principal
New York

212-545-4050
John.Sander@jacksonlewis.com

Douglas G. Smith

Douglas G. Smith
Office Managing Principal
Pittsburgh

412-338-5151
SmithD@jacksonlewis.com

Representative Matters

Jackson Lewis attorneys have successfully served indigent clients across the country in a wide variety of pro bono matters, including securing civil rights and access to housing; representing children, parents, and vulnerable adults in custody disputes; ensuring appropriate outreach efforts for veterans; and filing disability claims for disabled homeless veterans.  In addition, we partner with our corporate clients to provide legal services and training on legal topics to public interest organizations.  An illustrative list of organizations and communities impacted includes:

  • Wounded Warrior Project: We provide national pro bono assistance to the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans injured in combat since 9/11. We established a dedicated helpline and handle a variety of matters that help veterans resolve legal issues after returning from combat.
  • Pro Bono Partnership: Throughout the Connecticut, New Jersey and New York area, our attorneys have assisted a diverse group of Partnership not-for profit clients with their workplace compliance needs, whether through advice and counsel, training or preparing employee handbooks. We have been actively involved with the Partnership since 1998, when one of our Shareholders served on its Board, and are proud of our growing relationship across the tri-state region.
  • Susan Komen for the Cure: We provide national pro bono assistance on various types of labor and employment matters, including training and handbook reviews.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: We provide national coverage for the labor and employment law needs of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America: We provide pro bono legal assistance on a wide variety of labor and employment matters to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
  • Street Law’s Youth Development Program: Our Washington, D.C. Region office established a partnership with this organization which addresses a wide range of issues for young people aging out of the foster care system and homeless and runaway youths.

We also provide pro bono legal assistance to numerous other organizations across the country, including the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee, the Illinois African-American Coalition for Prevention, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., Nebraska Legal Aid, Chicago Bar Foundation, Newark Emergency Services For Families and the Northern Virginia Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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September 30, 2016
GreenvilleOnline

Stephanie Lewis’ Pro Bono Work Results in Greenville Online Feature

September 30, 2016

Stephanie Lewis was profiled for her pro bono achievements in " 25 Most Beautiful: Stephanie Lewis," published by Greenville Online.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 28, 2016
Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Felice Ekelman Discusses 2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition

April 28, 2016

Felice Ekelman is quoted in an article announcing the winners of the 2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition, published by Chicago-Kent College of Law. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

March 14, 2016
GreenvilleOnline

Stephanie Lewis Authors "Greenville Helps Build Haiti's Future"

March 14, 2016

Guest columnist Stephanie Lewis wrote "Greenville helps build Haiti's future," published in GreenvilleOnline. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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