August 11, 2021

Milbank Celebrates Pro Bono Advocacy at 29th Annual Awards Events


Milbank LLP honored the teams and individuals who made extraordinary pro bono contributions in the past year at the firm’s 29th Annual Pro Bono Awards event hosted by Pro Bono Counsel Anthony Perez Cassino and Deputy Pro Bono Counsel Rebecca Heller on July 27, 2021, at Milbank’s New York office at 55 Hudson Yards. Milbank attorneys, summer associates and business services professionals attended the hybrid event, with many others joining the celebration virtually.

Lawyers were recognized for a wide range of pro bono achievements, such as addressing inequity in the criminal justice and immigration systems, providing COVID-related assistance, and supporting efforts that promote women’s rights, civil rights, anti-discrimination, police accountability, mental health protections, debt relief and corporate transparency. The program also recognized an Honor Roll of 137 lawyers and legal assistants who contributed 100 or more pro bono hours over the past year.

In his introductory remarks, Milbank Chairman Scott A. Edelman discussed the firm’s tireless focus on pro bono. “Despite dealing with the many challenges of adjusting to remote work, so many of our lawyers answered the call to assist others,” said Mr. Edelman. “During the pandemic we dedicated thousands of hours to helping individuals and small businesses get back on their feet. We also expanded our already robust efforts focused on racial justice and equity issues.”

Milbank’s commitment to pro bono continues to grow, with lawyers contributing a firm-record 72,000 hours globally in 2020. In the United States, the firm logged 53,000 hours, averaging 92 hours per attorney. The recent American Lawyer Pro Bono Scorecard, which ranks the top 200 firms across the country, placed Milbank among the leaders for “Breadth of Commitment to Pro Bono.”

Mr. Cassino presented personalized awards to the honorees for their accomplishments, which included, among others: