Paul, Weiss is committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need. Our program is all-encompassing, spanning the core issues facing our society.
Paul, Weiss, in partnership with legal service provider The Door, collaborated with attorneys from Carlyle, CI Capital, General Atlantic, KPS and Towerbrook in successful efforts to secure final Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals for nine pro bono clients. The joint effort allowed them to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. The final renewal grants employment authorization for our clients.
The clinic was held in February 2020 prior to the Supreme Court’s pivotal decision in June barring the Trump administration from carrying out its plan to shut down the DACA program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. At the time, efforts were aimed at helping DACA recipients file their renewal applications as quickly as possible.
Clients included graduate students, parents, an architect and a chef. One client is a student currently pursuing her master’s degree in mental health counseling and will now be able to stay in the U.S. as a counselor with her renewed DACA status.
The clinic was organized by pro bono attorney Emily Donohoe. The Paul, Weiss team included corporate partners Neil Goldman, who supervised the clinic, Angelo Bonvino, Ellen Ching, Brian Grieve, Brian Lavin, Conrad van Loggerenberg and Laura Turano, counsel Erika Detjen and David Harris, and associates Sarah Chen, David Rolla, Evan Schacter and Jeffrey Stricker.