Cozen O'Connor has historically provided an extraordinary level and variety of pro bono legal service. Our attorneys work to affect the law to ensure that justice is done and available to all, and take pride in meeting the needs of clients who cannot afford legal services. Reflecting this history and our philosophy, we have signed the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge of the Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.
The range of our recent pro bono work demonstrates our commitment and engagement. In Philadelphia, we represent the first inmate in Philadelphia to apply for resentencing after the Supreme Court opinions holding mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional. In Seattle, we obtained reparations for victims of the Holocaust. In Chicago, we won a victory for a young single mother who works full time and goes to school in a lawsuit against the landlord who wrongfully evicted her and then withheld a security deposit she desperately needed. In San Diego, we protect the rights of civilians employed by the U.S. Navy who have refused to submit to anthrax vaccination. Our New York lawyers were instrumental in the posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Honor to three slain civil rights workers whose murder in Mississippi in 1964 inspired the passage of the Voting Rights Act and other civil rights legislation. Our national CoVet group helps veterans to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and represents them in foreclosure, family law, and other matters. Around the country, our lawyers protect the rights of people who cannot afford legal services in housing, benefits, bankruptcy, immigration, child custody, civil rights and other types of proceedings.
Our lawyers staff clinics for people of limited means, and for small and emerging businesses. We are legal advisers to numerous charitable organizations devoted to the care and service of needy citizens and providing other public services, as well as organizations devoted to the arts, education and religious activities who cannot otherwise afford legal services.
Access to the legal system is a foundational element of a just and democratic society. Lawyers are the gatekeepers of that system, and we have an obligation to provide access for those who would not otherwise have it. Our pro bono practice reflects our commitment to fulfill this important obligation.