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Pro Bono

Overview

Our lawyers have a long history of providing pro bono representation in matters ranging from class-wide civil rights litigation to habeas corpus petitions on behalf of indigent plaintiffs, including high-stakes commercial, immigration, and domestic relations matters. Holwell Shuster & Goldberg encourages all associates to participate in pro bono matters, which span the spectrum of political ideologies and social causes. Our attorneys have worked closely with organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, International Refugee Assistance Project, and the New York Office of the Appellate Defender.

Our founding partners believe strongly in the need for lawyers to provide pro bono services. Judge Holwell is leading the firm’s efforts to develop a robust pro bono practice. While serving as Executive Partner for Pro Bono at a prior firm, one of our founding partners, Michael Shuster, helped to create a partnership between the firm and a leading New York hospital, in which the firm represented AIDS patients and their children.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Representing 65 current and former state legislators from both major political parties, HSG filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the practice of political gerrymandering. The bipartisan group made its argument as amici in Gill v. Whitford, a redistricting case that challenges the legitimacy of political gerrymandering.
  • HSG, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado, filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of two female Frontier Airlines flight attendants who claim that the company has discriminated against them and other female flight attendants by failing to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. The formal complaints were filed on the one-year anniversary of similar discrimination charges filed in May 2016 by HSG and the ACLU on behalf of four female Frontier pilots.
  • In a case reported worldwide by the press, HSG represented a young Syrian man in connection with President Trump’s executive orders barring entry into the U.S. from Syria and certain other countries. The team’s efforts were instrumental in reuniting the firm’s client with his wife and young daughter, who had previously been forced to remain in Aleppo. HSG secured the first injunction against the second version of President Trump’s travel ban.
  • HSG attorneys worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to file discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of four female Frontier Airlines pilots who claim that the company’s policies discriminate against women by failing to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breast-feeding. The charges are at the forefront of a movement that has received national press attention (see NPR's coverage here, and Cosmo's here). 
  • In a matter raising issues of first impression under the First Amendment and New York law, HSG represented an indigent and disabled gentleman who wished to cremate his brother’s remains over the objection of the owner of the adult care facility where our client’s brother had lived. HSG’s attorneys prevailed at trial and in resisting appellate review, including in the New York Court of Appeals.
  • HSG’s attorneys have assisted in various immigration matters, including representing an Iraqi citizen seeking resettlement in the United States as a refugee and a Colombian woman seeking a green card under the Violence Against Women Act.
  • In conjunction with the New York Office of the Appellate Defender, HSG lawyers have represented indigent criminal defendants in various appeals.
  • HSG represented a mother accused of fatally shaking her infant son and secured the dismissal of all abuse and neglect allegations made by the Administration for Children's Services, proving that her son died of natural causes and allowing her to regain custody of her infant daughter.
  • HSG attorneys successfully obtained orders compelling the production of documents from multiple school districts in New Jersey under that state’s public access law on behalf of a foundation that advocates for students with disabilities.
  • The firm has filed a number of amicus briefs in support of various causes. For instance, we submitted an amicus brief in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of New York Civic, a non-profit and non-partisan good government organization, opposing the expansion of NYU’s campus at the expense of public parkland. We filed a brief in the Second Circuit on behalf of human rights professors and international-law jurists in Chevron v. Donziger, a high-profile civil RICO action stemming from a lawsuit brought against Chevron in Ecuador. We also represent a consortium of New York tech companies in New York appellate courts in support of Facebook’s efforts to overturn decisions that Internet companies that receive search warrants do not have the right to challenge them. 
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