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Pro Bono Program

The Door’s Legal Services Center provides representation to and advocacy for young people ages 12‐24 with the generous support of our pro bono partners. These pro bono partners include large law firms in Manhattan and smaller to mid-sized firms as well.  ​In particular, we are known for our work defending the rights of undocumented youth — work that pro bono teams from law firms drive from start to finish with mentoring and oversight from our in-house Pro Bono Managing Attorney at The Door. Our social workers, counselors, educators and physical and medical health service providers at The Door remain available to support these clients as the pro bono teams move forward with their legal cases  so that our pro bono partners can focus solely on the legal cases and rest assured their clients are getting the various other supports they need. We place dozens of cases per year with pro bono teams and we work with these teams not only on individual representations, but also on advocacy and impact litigation principally around immigration and the rights of undocumented young people.  

In our pro bono practice, we:

  • recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys, with a focus on representing immigrant youth apply for humanitarian relief;
  • provide supervision, counseling and all samples and models necessary for a successful representation;
  • partner with law firms to hold intake clinics, trainings (including but not limited to SIJS and asylum trainings) and know-your-rights events;
  • match clients with volunteer attorneys;
  • work with law firm attorneys on local and national advocacy projects, and federal and other impact litigation;
  • hold drop-in clinics for runaway and homeless youth, and youth wishing to be emancipated, at The Door on a regular basis with staffing from individual law firms. 

If you would like to learn more about The Door’s pro bono program or are interested in taking on a case or otherwise partnering with us, please email Pro Bono Managing Attorney Beth Baltimore at bbaltimore@door.org

We are grateful to our private law firm partners who make it possible for us to meet our clients’ needs.​
Our  partners include:

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Herrick Feinstein LLP
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Milbank LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Sher Tremonte LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Herrick Feinstein LLP
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Milbank LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Sher Tremonte LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP

Legal Internship Institute

The Door’s Legal Services Center takes pride in mentoring the next generation of social justice lawyers. We host term time legal interns, pro bono scholars as well as run a flagship summer legal internship institute.  Our summer legal internship institute features a substantive and soft skills training program; a brown bag lunch series with exciting lawyers, judges, and activists; the opportunity to appear in court on the record; field trips, happy hours and other fun activities.  We also, on occasion, host undergraduate interns. We recruit legal interns every year at the following career fairs: Equal Justice Works and NYU’s PILC Fair.  For more information on our internship opportunities, please contact Selene Nafisi at snafisi@door.org.

Support Our Work

The Door’s Legal Services Center is able to meet the urgent legal needs of thousands of NYC youth each year thanks to the generous contributions of caring individuals, private foundations and public grants. To support our work, donate here: www.door.org/donate. Please write “Legal Services Center” in the comment box.