At Meyer Suozzi, we believe that pro bono service is an important element of a lawyers' professional responsibility. The legal profession possesses unique skills and abilities that allow us to serve the disadvantaged and promote public interests in ways that no other profession can. We recognize this institutional obligation and encourage our lawyers to engage in pro bono activities on behalf of persons and organizations of limited means.
Meyer Suozzi's commitment to pro bono activities is a firm-wide commitment and we encourage members, associates and of counsel attorneys to engage in pro bono activities to help fulfill this obligation.
In recognition of the special needs of the poor and underprivileged for legal services, we believe that our pro bono activities should be particularly focused on providing access to the justice system for persons otherwise unable to afford it. Accordingly, we strive to deliver legal services on a pro bono basis to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations.
We are proud of our commitment to our pro bono practice, here are but a few of our recent accomplishments:
Acted as co-counsel with Nassau Suffolk Law Services in a protracted litigation to ensure that qualified residents of Nassau County receive adequate shelter allowances.
Undertook the administration of the estate of a decedent who was murdered by her husband and had two surviving minor children.
Lobbied successfully for state legislation that applied federal utility consumer standards to non-utility energy companies.
Preserved an award of significant monies issued in disaster relief funds to a New York City art dealer whose business was devastated in the events of 9/11.
Undertook numerous Special Education matters ensuring that special-needs children were placed in appropriate learning environments in school districts throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Submitted an amicus brief to the New York State Court of Appeals to advocate the rights of undocumented workers to receive back pay for periods of on the job injury in the aftermath of the recent United States Supreme Court's Hoffman Plastics decision.