Engaging with the broader communities in which we practice law is important to Simpson Thacher. Our diverse team of lawyers and other employees at all levels of the Firm make ongoing significant contributions to legal service programs, government bodies, and nonprofits.
Many Firm lawyers serve on boards of nonprofits and act as advisors to public interest organizations. Employees also regularly engage in community service projects, particularly through the Firm’s Urban Education Initiative, which aims to deliver enrichment and college and work-readiness programs to public high school students from underserved communities in New York and Los Angeles. These programs range from mock trials to résumé-writing/ interviewing workshops, to summer internships. The Firm participates in 5 employment programs to provide minority and disadvantaged youth with summer and academic-year jobs.
These efforts complement the many thousands of hours we devote to pro bono legal matters that range from representing victims of domestic violence, struggling micro-entrepreneurs and indigent criminal defendants, to writing amicus briefs on civil rights issues to the U.S. Supreme and Circuit Courts.
As a responsible member of the global community, we have implemented environmentally sound Firm policies. We have eliminated the use of Styrofoam cups and containers; upgraded procedures to facilitate recycling and composting; modified printers to enable double-sided printing, using only recycled paper; added compostable utensils and ecofriendly containers; adopted electronic pay stubs; taken steps towards a paperless operational standard; and implemented various programs to reduce energy consumption. Simpson Thacher’s Associates Committee has established a Green Committee consisting of partner and associate representatives to explore other environmentally friendly initiatives.
In addition, the Firm teams with various organizations on environmental issues. We dedicate a significant amount of pro bono time to important environmental causes, including representing the Natural Resources Defense Council for more than four decades on litigation, corporate and other matters. We also have represented on a pro bono basis such local organizations as Green Worker Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to developing sustainable worker cooperatives in the South Bronx.