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Innocence Project Honors Firm's Pro Bono Litigation Work 
Shearman & Sterling was honored at the sixth annual Justice for All Awards Dinner, presented by the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) and Santa Clara University School of Law, in Redwood City, California. Partner James Donato (San Francisco-Litigation) accepted the Pro Bono Award on behalf of the firm, given for "countless hours of work and an unwavering dedication to justice for the wrongfully convicted." The NCIP, a clinical program at the Santa Clara School of Law, works to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions. A Shearman & Sterling pro bono team led by Donato and San Francisco Litigation associate Jiyoun Chung is challenging the conviction of a man who has already served 24 years for a murder NCIP believes he did not commit.
—Justice for All, 2013

Donato Receives Bar Association of San Francisco's Award of Merit for Pro Bono Efforts
Partner James Donato (San Francisco-Litigation) has been honored for his pro bono work, receiving The Bar Association of San Francisco's Award of Merit for 2012. He was recognized for his work on the San Francisco Bar's Civil Gideon Task Force. He has been a leader in championing civil Gideon, which encourages the provision of civil counsel to low-income individuals and families in the US who are dealing with legal issues involving housing, child custody, government benefits for food and healthcare, and other life essentials.
—The Bar Association of San Francisco, 2012

Lawyers, Staff Honored by The Legal Aid Society
Shearman & Sterling has once again been recognized for its outstanding pro bono contributions to The Legal Aid Society, which called the firm a "stalwart partner with the Society's Employment Law Unit." Bankruptcy partner Douglas Bartner, counsel Susan Fennessey and Jill Frizzley, and associate James Park (all New York), and Litigation associates Darren Ishmael, Randall Martin, and Mojoyin Onijala (all New York), were recognized for their work addressing a pizza franchise's systemic failure to pay its delivery workers their legal wages and to comply with state and federal labor laws. Partner Jaculin Aaron and associate Jason Swergold (both New York-Litigation) were honored for serving as co-counsel in a federal action on behalf of underpaid restaurant workers who faced retaliation from their employer for speaking out about their illegal treatment. In addition, Legal Aid recognized the efforts of Pro Bono Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Saralyn Cohen and Pro Bono Administrative Coordinator Denise Karamian, who have partnered with longtime client Credit Suisse to establish a Supplemental Social Security Income Waiver Clinic. Staffed by Shearman & Sterling and Credit Suisse volunteers, the clinic has contributed nearly 3,100 hours of pro bono assistance to individuals with disabilities threatened with the loss of their benefits due to alleged overpayments.
—The Legal Aid Society, 2012

Firm Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Litigation Work 
The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has presented Shearman & Sterling with a 2012 "Outstanding Achievement" award for the firm's decade-long pro bono work on an employment discrimination case, Linklater v. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The case involves the former music director at a local church, who was sexually harassed during her employment.
—Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2012 

Shearman & Sterling Named ‘Law Firm Honoree’ for NY Pro Bono Commitment
Citing the firm's "all-in" approach to pro bono, the New York Law Journal named Shearman & Sterling its "Law Firm Honoree" in its second annual "Lawyers Who Lead by Example" feature. NYLJ's profile of the firm noted that the firm works with a number of local organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, City Bar Justice Center, Human Rights First, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Lawyers Without Borders, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, inMotion and Sanctuary for Families. The New York office's lawyers contributed more than 27,000 hours each year from 2009 to 2011.
—New York Law Journal, 2012

Firm Honored for Arts-Related Pro Bono Work
Shearman & Sterling was presented with the S. Jeanne Hall Pro Bono Service Award at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) Summer Benefit. This exclusive VLA event celebrates the arts, honoring the extraordinary volunteer attorneys who have donated their time to working on arts-related matters. Shearman & Sterling was one of three firms honored.
—Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2012

Lilienfeld, Rasmussen, Escobedo Earn inMotion 'Commitment to Justice' Award for Pro Bono Work 
A team including partner Doreen Lilienfeld (New York-Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits), associate Eva Rasmussen (New York-Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits) and Pro Bono specialist Jorge Escobedo was honored at inMotion’s 2012 Commitment to Justice Awards, held on February 9 in New York.
—inMotion, 2012

Legal Aid Society 2011 Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award
Shearman & Sterling earned The Legal Aid Society’s highest honor, the 2011 Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award, recognizing the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to Legal Aid and its clients.
—Legal Aid Society, 2011

Pro Bono Service Award from New York State Courts
The New York State Courts honored Shearman & Sterling attorneys with the “Pro Bono Service” Award for their participation in advising pro se litigants during monthly clinics held in New York Family Courts.
—New York State Courts, 2007-2011

Counsel Antonia Horracks Honored
Advocates for International Development (A4ID) honored London counsel Antonia Horracks for her work on a campaign against illegal logging in South America for an international development charity.
—Advocates for International Development, 2011

Associate Named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Associate Sean Arthurs (Washington, DC-Litigation) was honored with the Tahirih Justice Center’s first-ever Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award at the center’s 13th annual benefit. The award recognized Arthurs “for being an outstanding pro bono partner who has consistently demonstrated excellence in protecting women and girls from violence.” 
—Tahirih Justice Center, 2010

Firm Receives Legal Aid Award for Pro Bono Work
Shearman & Sterling and Credit Suisse were honored with an “Innovative Law Firm/Corporate Partnership” award at the Legal Aid Society’s 2010 Pro Bono Awards. The award recognizes the firm’s collaboration with Credit Suisse on a pro bono project to protect vital Social Security Disability benefits for physically and psychologically disabled low-income New Yorkers.
—Legal Aid Society, 2010

D.C. Office Recognized for Pro Bono Work
D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services recognized the firm as one of a handful of firms in D.C. in which 40% or more lawyers dedicated at least 50 hours of pro bono in a year. In 2011, Shearman & Sterling was one of seven firms also recognized for having 50% or more of their lawyers do at least 50 hours of pro bono work.
—D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, 2007-2011

Legal Aid Society Excellence in Service Honors
The Legal Aid Society honored our legal staff for excellence in service.
—Legal Aid Society, 2008 and 2007

MFY Legal Services Honors
MFY Legal Services, Inc. honored our legal staff for their dedication and pro bono service to ensuring equal access to justice for all.
—MFY Legal Services, Inc., 2008 and 2007

Firm Recognized for Helping Low-Income Women and Children
inMotion recognized the firm for being one of their founding “corporate partner” law firms having contributed substantial financial and volunteer lawyer time to low-income women and children.
—inMotion, 2008

Attorneys Recognized for Helping Asylum Seekers
Human Rights First recognized the important work that our volunteer attorneys do on behalf of asylum seekers.
—Human Rights First, 2007

Firm Receives ‘Beacon of Justice’ Award
National Legal Aid and Defender Association honored Shearman & Sterling LLP with the “Beacon of Justice” Award for its pro bono representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
—National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2007

Partner Receives Frederick Douglass Award
Southern Center for Human Rights honored one partner with the Frederick Douglass Award for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in his representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
—Southern Center for Human Rights, 2007

Legal Aid Society 2006 Pro Bono Awards
The firm, with the Legal Aid Society, co-hosted the Legal Aid Society 2006 Pro Bono Awards in the New York office in November 2006. The ceremony honored law firms, attorneys, paralegals, individuals and corporations committed to the cause of equal justice. Saralyn Cohen, pro bono counsel and director of pro bono, received an award for expanding translation services in support of litigation on behalf of the Society’s immigrant clientele. Partner Linda Rappaport (New York-Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits), a director of the Society, received an award for her service to the organization. Associate Eva Rasmussen (New York-Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits) and actuary Mary Riebold were also honored for their work for the Society.
—Legal Aid Society, November 2006

Associate Honored for Work Involving Women’s Issues
Associate Lisa Bagley (New York-Litigation) was honored by Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services in New York. Bagley was recognized for her outstanding pro bono work in three cases—two involved complex gender-based asylum claims and the third involved a Violence Against Women Act self-petition. Bagley was also noted for her dedication to clients, which was demonstrated by her attention to detail, including gathering testimony, developing supporting testimony, drafting affidavits and preparing clients for trial. Sanctuary for Families is the largest nonprofit in New York state dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children.
—Sanctuary for Families, October 2006 

Firm receives Martin Frankel Award
Shearman & Sterling received the Marvin Frankel Award from Human Rights First (HRF) at a ceremony in New York. The firm was honored for its work protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The firm has represented over 50 refugees and their families through HRF’s pro bono asylum legal representation program. Of these cases, about 30 were taken on in the last five years. The cases have been pending at all levels of the asylum adjudication system—from asylum offices to immigration courts to US federal courts.
—Human Rights First, June 2006

Firm Chosen as an ‘Outstanding Volunteer’
Volunteer lawyers for the Arts (VLA) honored Shearman & Sterling at it 2006 summer benefit and awards ceremony. The firm was chosen as an “Outstanding Volunteer” for 2006. Partner Jeremy Epstein (New York-Litigation), who sits on VLA’s board of directors, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. The award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions in support of VLA’s mission of service to the arts community. Shearman & Sterling was noted for consistently providing enthusiastic, experienced and compassionate attorneys to help staff legal clinics and taking on representation of low income arts or arts-related non-profit organizations. VLA, based in New York, offers pro bono and low-cost legal services and information to over 10,000 members of the arts community each year.
—Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, June 2006

Associate in California Named Outstanding Volunteer
Associate Jiyoun Chung (San Francisco-Litigation) was named an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service for 2005 by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (VLSP). VLSp provides free legal aid for traditionally underserved members of the San Francisco Bay Area. The award is given annually to VLSP volunteers who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty.” Chung’s award relates to her work through the VLSP’s Family Law Project.
—Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco, April 2006 

DC Circuit Judicial Conference Committee Honors Shearman & Sterling
The DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services honored Shearman & Sterling as one of only 12 firms in DC in which 40% of more lawyers dedicated at least 50 hours to pro bono services in 2005. The committee reviews problems facing pro se litigants in federal courts and the pro bono resources available to them.
—DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, April 2006

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