Cleary Gottlieb Wins Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award

October 17, 2018

Cleary Gottlieb and more than 30 Cleary attorneys were honored with the 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award for the firm’s work on immigration and criminal justice projects.

Cleary was honored for its “Outstanding Advocacy in Defense of the Accused.” The award-winning projects recognized by The Legal Aid Society include:

  • Successfully vacating the second-degree murder conviction of pro bono client Shawn Williams, who was wrongfully convicted for the 1993 shooting of Marvin Mason, for which he has served more than 20 years in prison.
  • Cancellation of a removal for a long-time lawful U.S. permanent resident from the Dominican Republic.
  • Representing The Legal Aid Society in federal amicus briefs and administrative appeals related to the 2017 DACA rescission, focusing on the problems faced by legal service organizations in assisting their clients with DACA renewals and the harm that could result from another DACA rescission. 

Cleary has partnered with The Legal Aid Society, the U.S.’s oldest and largest legal services organization for over 25 years and received the Pro Bono Publico Award each year since 2009.