We have dedicated substantial pro bono resources to minority and disadvantaged communities. Highlights include:
- As amici curiae, Simpson Thacher represented civil rights groups opposing the ban on same-sex marriage in both the New York Court of Appeals and the New Jersey Court
- We partner with NYC Business Solutions Center, a nonprofit community development organization that provides pro bono legal services to struggling businesses in New York City
- We represented the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone in the financing of the Harlem USA development, a 275,000-square foot retail and entertainment complex
- To serve the underprivileged, we established partnerships with Her Justice, the Legal Aid Society Immigrant Rights Project, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Open Society Justice Initiative
- We have rendered legal services in matters involving the Apollo Theater Foundation, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Doctors Without Borders and the Robin Hood Foundation
- For more than a decade, we have supported the Legal Outreach Program, a nonprofit organization that prepares urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high levels. We also participate in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) program by hiring several SEO interns each summer.
- Our offices outside New York also are active in their communities:
- In Los Angeles, partners serve on important committees of Public Counsel and Bet Tzedek, two large pro bono law firms. Our L.A. office, too, serves as pro bono legal counsel to AIDS Project Los Angeles.
- In London, our lawyers host a low-income high school student through the U.K.’s Social Mobility Foundation
- In Washington, D.C., we worked with the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty on a project to require the government to issue rules better ensuring implementation of the Violence Against Women Act
In one of the largest, most successful pro bono initiatives of any law firm, we have represented the Campaign For Fiscal Equity since 1995 in a constitutional drive to remedy the gross underfunding of New York City public schools. As a result, billions of additional dollars have been made available to support education.
Our lawyers serve on many bar association committees, including the New York City Bar Association’s officers, as well as its committees on diversity, minorities in the profession and nonprofits. Our attorneys also serve as officers, directors and advisors to a wide range of organizations, including New Visions for Public Schools, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Robin Hood Foundation, Doctors Without Borders USA, Legal Outreach, Manhattan Legal Services, the Legal Action Center and The Family Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Over the past several years, we have supported a wide range of affinity group organizations which include the Black Law Students Association, Latino Law Students Association, Outlaws and Lambda organizations as well as the Asian Pacific Law Students Association at a number of the schools at which we recruit.