2018 Year In Review: Pro Bono Commitment

A Positive Commitment to Supporting Our Communities

Dechert completed 85,090 pro bono hours and was named #1 for international pro bono work by The American Lawyer for the third year running.

Advocating for Disabled Workers’ Benefits

Dechert’s London team continued its invaluable work for University House, an east London-based legal advice agency, with nine new cases in 2018 – and a 100-percent success rate. Based in one of London’s most deprived boroughs, University House advocates for individuals with disabilities appealing a sudden disruption to their benefits payments.

Standing Up for Detained Immigrants

Working with Human Rights First and ALDEA – The People’s Justice Center, Dechert lawyers are providing much-needed aid to immigrant families detained at the Berks County Family Immigration Detention Center outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. On the ground, lawyers assist with intake and orientation of newly arrived families, and help to screen cases for legal merit.

Remotely, Dechert lawyers provide telephonic preparation for families seeking asylum on the basis of credible fear, representing families in the interview process and in any appeals or requests for reconsideration in the immigrant court.

Making a Difference in Our Communities

Dechert partners with local, national and international pro bono clearinghouses, legal aid organizations and NGOs.

Our partners include: PILnet, Human Dignity Trust, TrustLaw, Advocates for International Development, LawWorks, Community Legal Services (Philadelphia), Legal Aid Society (New York), Lawyers Alliance for New York, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme, The Human Trafficking Legal Center, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Philadelphia VIP, Public Law Center (Orange County), Public Counsel, and Bay Area Legal Aid.



  • The Financial Times named Neil Steiner as one of the ten most innovative lawyers in North America for challenging restrictive voting laws that exclude or discriminate against certain individuals.
  • The Legal Aid Society of New York honored Dechert with a 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award for providing “outstanding representation” to a Haitian domestic worker, trafficked to New York at the age of 14, forced into labor and denied wages. Receiving recognition for their individual commitment to pro bono work were Negin Hadaghian, Sarah Lyons, Christopher Mauro, Ryan Moore, Thomas Lee II, Amanda Rios, Kevin Brost, Kathryn Barrett, Ryan Strong and Rebecca Waldman.
  • Richard Horowitz received a Cornerstone Award from the Lawyers Alliance for New York for pro bono counsel on contract, structuring and real estate matters to non-profit Brooklyn community organizations.
  • Samantha Koplik received a 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Award from the City Bar Justice Center for the breadth and complexity of her pro bono work representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
  • The Education Law Center in Philadelphia honored Amy Ufberg, Marissa Tribuiani and Michelle Nguyen from Dechert’s Private Client Group in its annual celebrations, for their work administering a trust for non-English speaking immigrant students who had been denied enrollment to public schools in the city of Harrisburg.