Law Firm Summer Associate Program Provides Vital Support To Legal Aid Clients

Continuing a more than 20 year tradition, the 2009 Summer Associate class from New York City’s leading law firms collectively have represented more than 35 physically and/or mentally disabled low-income New Yorkers seeking Social Security Income Disability benefits and have worked to prevent the eviction of 22 New York City Housing Authority tenants.

This partnership with eight participating law firms - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Kaye Scholer LLP, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - expands The Legal Aid Society Civil Practice’s capacity to provide legal services to indigent clients and exposes the next generation of private attorneys to the benefits of pro bono work. In addition, summer associates from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP have provided pro bono support through two-week externships at the Legal Aid Society’s Law Reform and Special Litigation Units.