Axinn believes that attorneys should devote a meaningful amount of time and resources to the provision of pro bono legal services. Pro bono work fulfills our responsibilities to be good citizens in our communities, and enriches our personal and professional experience.
The firm encourages all attorneys to participate in pro bono activities. Attorneys can provide free or reduced-fee legal services to persons of limited means; provide free or reduced-fee legal services or financial support to charitable or public-service organizations; and participate in activities to improve the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.
Axinn's pro bono representations have included support of indigent artists, immigration/asylum matters, veterans affairs cases, discrimination claims, First Amendment excessive force cases, prisoner civil rights matters, matrimonial and child custody disputes for low-income women, and fair housing claims.
We are proud of the significant contribution Axinn lawyers make to their communities through pro bono service. To encourage associates to invest in their development through pro bono service, Axinn considers pro bono hours during bonus determinations. In 2018, approximately 80% of Axinn associates worked on pro bono matters. Axinn has attorneys currently serving on pro bono panels at both the district and circuit court levels.
We are also proud of the recognition we have received from organizations that honor pro bono service. In 2019, Axinn received an Outstanding Achievement Award from The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for our successful representation of the plaintiff in an excessive force case against a local police department, and in 2018, over twenty Axinn attorneys qualified for the Empire State Counsel® Program, which is a NY State Bar Association initiative to recognize New York-barred attorneys who make a significant commitment to pro bono work.
Recent Pro Bono Achievements
- Axinn Secures Asylum for Pro Bono Client
- Axinn Partners with Whitman-Walker Institute
- Axinn to Receive Outstanding Achievement Award for Pro Bono Work
- Axinn Obtains Favorable Settlement for Pro Bono Client
- Axinn Obtains Substantial Recovery for Pro Bono Client
- Axinn Successfully Secures Asylum for Pro Bono Client
- Axinn Successfully Defeats a Motion to Dismiss on Behalf of Pro Bono Client