Pro Bono 

The victories the National Women’s Law Center has won on behalf of women and their families would not have been possible without the pro bono assistance that many organizations and individuals generously provide 

NWLC depends upon pro bono and volunteer assistance from law firms, corporations, universities, and individuals. If you or your employer are interested in exploring pro bono opportunities, please contact Caroline CharendoffExternal Affairs Associate, at ccharendoff@nwlc.org 

NWLC is grateful to all of the following organizations and individuals recently providing pro bono support:  

  • Arent Fox 
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer  
  • BakerHostetler  
  • Boies Schiller Flexner  
  • Buckley Sandler 
  • Cohen & Gresser  
  • Covington & Burling  
  • Crowell & Moring 
  • Debevoise & Plimpton  
  • DLA Piper 
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson  
  • Goodwin Procter  
  • Greater Human Capital  
  • Hogan Lovells 
  • Holland & Knight  
  • Holwell Shuster & Goldberg  
  • Jenner & Block 
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.  
  • Kirkland & Ellis  
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein 
  • Lowenstein Sandler  
  • Mayer Brown 
  • McDermott Will & Emery  
  • Morrison & Foerster 
  • Outten & Golden  
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman  
  • Sidley Austin  
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 
  • SmolinskyADR 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan 
  • Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold 

Cy Près 

Cy Près is the legal doctrine that allows funds remaining after the distribution of a class action settlement to be given to a charitable organization (or more than one) whose mission dovetails with the original purpose of the case. Cy Près awards are an important source of funding for nonprofits and legal services, nurturing the growth of legal nonprofits serving marginalized communities. 

Under the Cy Près doctrine, courts can distribute these residual funds to appropriate charitable causes. While every case is different, individual counsel may nominate nonprofit organizations whose missions reflect the concerns of the case to receive unclaimed funds. In the event that Cy près funds are deemed appropriate for the National Women’s Law Center, our staff is available to assist in drafting the affidavit or letter to the court, making the case for the National Women’s Law Center to be designated a recipient.  

Thank you for considering the National Women’s Law Center as a nominee for a Cy Près award. If you have any questions about this giving option and/or whether the National Women’s Law Center might be an appropriate Cy Près recipient in a particular caseplease contact Jennifer Bixler, Director of External Affairs, at jbixler@nwlc.org.