Pro Bono & Community Involvement

“Milberg’s support has been critical to MFY’s ability to pursue its mission.  Their pro bono work on behalf of MFY’s clients has been first-class.  It’s clear that they energetically support the goal of making equal access to the judicial system more than just an empty phrase.”
Christopher Lamb, Executive Director
MFY Legal Service
Milberg is committed to giving back to the community.  We support numerous organizations and causes consistent with our values and our commitment to equal justice for all.  These have included the Innocence Project, the DSY Development School for Youth, the American Indian College Fund, Equal Justice Works, the UJA Federation of New York, the Asian American Defense and Education Fund, and Network for Good.

Milberg’s commitment to pro bono work is also facilitated by its support of MFY Legal Services, which provides community-based representation to needy New Yorkers related to housing, jobs, and family issues.  A number of Milberg’s associates and partners have been trained by MFY staff on the specific challenges that often confront these underserved New Yorkers and are “on-call” when help is needed.

Below are additional examples of our recent pro bono efforts and recognitions:

11/08/12    Jessica Sleater Named Corporate Mentor of the Year
On November 8, 2012, Associate Jessica Sleater received the Corporate Mentor of the Year Award from the Mentoring Partnership of New York. Jessica has served as a mentor for several years to young women at Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless youth. She was previously awarded Covenant House's Mentor of the Year award for her volunteer service.

03/27/12    Milberg Completes $100,000 Pledge to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation
Milberg is proud to announce that it has completed its "Visionary Caretaker" pledge to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.  The National September 11 Memorial & Museum honors the memory of those who died and those whose lives were affected by the event.  The Memorial is also designed to help future generations understand the profound impact that terrorism has on communities and individuals around the world.  You can find more information about the memorial as well as visitors' information at national911memorial.org.

12/22/11    Milberg’s “Mitten Tree” Benefits Women in Need Inc.
Milberg lawyers and staff sponsored a “Mitten Tree” for Women in Need Inc., a New York City-based charity that serves over 9,000 needy mothers and children annually.  The Firm donated hundreds of hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, and other apparel.

09/17/11    Milberg Supports American Constitution Society's Constitution in the Classroom Program
Milberg attorneys are participating in the American Constitution Society's Constitution in the Classroom program held annually during Constitution Day.  The program brings lawyers to primary and secondary classrooms to facilitate discussions about constitutional principles.  This year's Constitution Day is September 17, 2011.

07/01/11    Milberg Sponsors The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series
Milberg is a proud sponsor of The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series.  The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series is the next phase in the evolution of The Sedona Conference® from a forum for advanced dialogue to an open think tank confronting some of the most challenging issues faced by our legal system today.  The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series focuses on electronic discovery, antitrust law, and intellectual property, among other subjects.  Milberg partner Ariana J. Tadler served on the board of The Sedona Conference® and is the current Chair of Working Group I on Electronic Document Retention and Production.

06/15/11    Milberg Attorney Undertakes Complex Pro Bono Adoption
Milberg Associate Joshua Keller, in coordination with MFY Legal Services, Inc., represented a stepparent in the adoption of a stepchild in New York City Family Court.  Prior to the adoption, the stepparent was married to the birth parent of the child and living with the birth parent and child.  This complex adoption, which involved novel legal issues, was recently approved and finalized by the Family Court.  Milberg's team of investigators provided valuable assistance in locating the child's birth father, which was critical to the success of the adoption proceeding.

03/15/11    Milberg Attorneys’ Pro Bono Effort Results in Reduced Mortgage for Distressed Homeowner
Milberg associate Adam Bobkin successfully helped a single mother with a disabled child to keep her family’s home from being foreclosed after being rejected from Chase Bank’s loan modification program.  The Firm stepped in after the mortgage borrower, a teacher, was informed by Chase that she had been removed from the program and that her home had been sent to foreclosure.  After months of negotiation, Milberg was able to convince Chase to restore the client to the program and repair all negative credit reporting.

12/16/10    Milberg’s Women’s Group Raises Funds for Sanctuary for Families
Milberg’s Women 2 Women group raised money at a silent auction for the benefit of New York’s Sanctuary for Families.  All of the artwork, crafts, jewelry, and other items on sale were donated or handmade by women.

10/14/10    Milberg Sponsors Flame of Hope Gala
Milberg was a proud sponsor of the 2010 American Indian College Fund’s annual gala fundraiser.  The Fund is the largest private provider of college scholarships to Native American students and helps more than 31,000 students annually, providing support to tribal colleges and universities nationwide.

07/01/10    Milberg Sponsors DSY Summer Interns
For the past five years, Milberg has sponsored summer youth interns from the Development School for Youth (DSY) to work alongside attorneys and staff.  DSY is an outside-of-school program that offers leadership training through internships to high school students in New York City and Newark, N.J.

04/24/10    Milberg Participates in New York Cares’ “Hands On New York Day”
Milberg lawyers and staff are regular participants in New York Cares’ annual “Hands On New York Day,” a day dedicated to cleaning and revitalizing the City’s 75 parks, gardens, playgrounds, community centers, and schools.

03/18/10    MFY Recognizes Milberg Partner Ariana J. Tadler for
Pro Bono Service

Ariana J. Tadler was presented with MFY Legal Services, Inc.'s 2010 Partner in Justice Award: "In recognition of exemplary pro bono service and commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for all."  Ms. Tadler is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and a member of the board of directors of MFY Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that seeks to provide disadvantaged New Yorkers with equal access to the judicial system through community-based representation.  She served as Chair of MFY's Board of Directors from February 2008 through February 2010.

12/01/09    Milberg Holds Fall Clothing Drive for Bottomless Closet
Milberg held its second annual women’s clothing drive to benefit Bottomless Closet, an organization that provides professional attire to economically disadvantaged New York City women.

12/01/09    Milberg Holds Gift Drive for Children on the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

For the second year in a row, Milberg held a holiday season toy and donation drive to benefit Sacred Circle, a network of battered women’s shelters on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.  The gifts collected by Milberg were wrapped and delivered to Sacred Circle to be distributed to Native American children in need in time for the holidays.