Pro bono is part of our DNA. The founding president of the Brennan Center for Justice began our group, and many of our lawyers devoted their careers to public service before joining us. The result is a practice in which we encourage our lawyers to devote themselves to the causes that matter to them, supported by the resources that a large law firm can provide.
Those causes take numerous forms. We work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to represent deserving veterans who have been deprived of the benefits they earned. We have teamed up with the New York Office of the Appellate Defender to handle criminal appeals pro bono. Our associates typically brief and argue these cases, receiving guidance from veteran criminal defense lawyers, many of whom have argued hundreds of appeals. We recently defended a municipality against a constitutional challenge to its search policy regarding hotel registries (Opening Brief and Reply Brief).
We have counseled the Center for Reproductive Rights on an array of issues, and we have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court concerning marriage equality. And we collaborate with leading national immigrants’ rights organizations, like the Immigrant Defense Project and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, on cutting-edge questions about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In every one of our pro bono appeals, we have brought the same level of dedication that is our hallmark, whether it is visiting our clients in far-flung prisons, serving on the board of a nonprofit organization, riding along with police officers in the course of representing a municipality, or strategizing with a public interest organization about their longer-term Supreme Court strategy.