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scaleDoing Good While Doing Well: How the Economics of Large Law Firms Allow Pro Bono to Thrive

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Pound 108, Harvard Law School

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Steven H. Schulman

Pro-Bono Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Steven H. Schulman leads Akin Gump's pro bono practice worldwide. Mr. Schulman maintains a substantive practice in many areas of public interest law, including human rights, immigration, assistance to military personnel and poverty law matters. He has handled dozens of asylum and other immigration cases, and is also a lead counsel in Mamani v. Sanchez de Lozada. This case was brought in federal court under the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of nine Bolivian families who lost relatives in military massacres in 2003, when Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was the President and Commander in Chief of the Bolivian Military. The firm has partnered on this case with the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic and other human rights organizations and lawyers.

Mr. Schulman joined Akin Gump in 2006 as its first full-time pro bono partner. Since he joined the firm, participation in the pro bono practice has increased substantially in every office, with Akin Gump lawyers now devoting an average of more than 80 hours annually to pro bono client matters. Under his leadership, the firm has also built strong relationships with local and national legal services organizations and has developed experience in several areas of pro bono practice, such as representing charter schools, working with refugees and victims of human rights abuses and providing legal counsel to military personnel and their families. Since 2008, Mr. Schulman has led and supervised the firm’s Washington Office Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program, a program to identify and develop top law students into the next generation of Akin Gump attorneys committed to building the pro bono practice.

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