The Public Service Program is a private/public partnership with the City's prominent law firms, where firms either lend their attorneys to the Law Department for a finite period of time or agree to take on City cases in-house.
The Program benefits both the City and the law firms. The City receives the assistance of an incredibly well-trained and talented group of attorneys, while the attorneys receive the kind of hands-on, in-court litigation experience that is often hard to come by at the best private law firms.
While participation in the Program will not lead to offers of permanent employment at the Law Department, it will enable the volunteers to enhance their legal skills while serving the public.
Click here to view or download the Public Service Program Brochure (7.45MB).
Participating law firms may offer assistance in several different ways:
Trial Attorney Volunteers: A number of firms lend mid-level litigation associates to the Law Department for a period of four to six months to work full-time in our Tort Division trial units. These attorneys conduct back-to-back civil trials, selecting juries, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and presenting opening statements and closing arguments.
Law Firm Volunteers: Other firms have chosen to take entire matters in-house, giving their attorneys the chance to participate in court conferences, settlement negotiations, depositions, and, ultimately, trials.
Deposition Program: Firms also lend associates to the Law Department either to conduct a series of depositions in an individual case or to spend two to three weeks in our offices conducting back-to-back depositions in a variety of cases.
If your firm is interested in participating in the Program, please contact Sheila Rossi (212-356-3284) or Peter Wies (212-356-2685).
Law firms donating services since 2007:
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Covington & Burling LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (now Locke Lorde Edwards)
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright US)
Goodwin Procter LLP
Granger & Associates LLC
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kaye Scholer LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Levi Lubarsky & Feigenbaum LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lynch Rowin LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Miller Korzenik Sommers LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs)
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Pryor Cashman LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sokoloff Stern LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Winston & Strawn LLP