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Pro Bono and Public Service

Each year, Simpson Thacher lawyers devote thousands of pro bono hours to causes of national and global importance to women and girls. 

Our work includes:

  • Filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, arguing that the right to make reproductive decisions is essential to women’s dignity and equality, and that the abortion access restrictions at issue infringe on that right; the Supreme Court struck down the Texas law in 2016;

  • Litigating a Title IX challenge to a California school district’s exclusion of girls from team sports opportunities;

  • Representing women in immigration, domestic violence, and family law proceedings through the Firm’s longstanding partnerships with Her Justice, Sanctuary for Families, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, and Public Counsel, among other organizations;

  • Assisting 48 women-owned businesses through our weekly micro-entrepreneur clinic, in partnership with both Start Small Think Big and the New York City Business Solutions Center;

  • Filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center in a case affecting access to abortions in Texas;

  • Serving as co-counsel with the Center for Reproductive Rights in a challenge to laws that restrict abortion rights in Arizona;

  • Providing corporate governance guidance and transactional representation to four nonprofit organizations whose missions include the protection of women and gender-related rights; and

  • Representing women who have been the victims of human or labor trafficking. As part of these efforts, we drafted a petition for the CEDAW Committee, the U.N. body that enforces the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Our lawyers also serve as directors, trustees and advisors for many nonprofits that concentrate on issues of both gender equality and women and leadership, including: the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard, DirectWomen, the Global Fund for Women, the Legal Action Center, Legal Momentum, Sanctuary for Families and the Kate Stoneman Project.

In addition to advancing causes affecting women and girls, our women lawyers also make meaningful contributions to a broad range of other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. They serve as trustees for such diverse organizations as the Citizens Budget Commission and the Partnership Fund for New York City. A number of our women partners have also served on the alumni boards of Duke, Harvard and Yale Law Schools.