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New York City Bar Justice Center to Honor Fragomen for its Pro Bono Work

Fragomen will be honored at the New York City Bar Justice Center’s 13th Annual Gala, on April 11, 2018, for its leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service. The global biopharmaceutical leader Pfizer Inc. is being similarly honored.

Fragomen attorneys in the U.S. completed more than 13,000 hours of pro bono work in 2017. The firm’s wide-ranging pro bono services include representation of immigrants in asylum matters, domestic violence cases and applications for special immigrant juvenile status, and assisting holders of DACA status to explore other options for regularizing their status. The firm has also been regularly involved in sending teams of attorneys to provide legal counsel to vulnerable immigrant families detained in border-area detention centers, including the South Texas Family Residential Center located in Dilley, Texas. For more than 10 years, Fragomen has sponsored a Fellow at the Justice Center to support pro bono immigration work.

“We believe in the importance of extending the firm’s reach beyond the office,”said Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Chair of the Executive Committee of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and former Chair of the Board of the City Bar Fund. “These efforts are reinforced through the firm’s dedicated Pro Bono Committee and our pro bono requirement for all U.S. attorneys.”

The firm has also worked with corporate clients like Pfizer to provide valuable legal assistance to low-income immigrants. According to Lisa Koenig, a Fragomen partner who serves on the City Bar Fund’s Board of Directors, “These types of partnerships with our clients enable us to leverage our firm’s expertise in immigration law to help in-house lawyers join the ranks of attorneys participating in important pro bono work in support of vulnerable immigrant communities.”

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