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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Proskauer. For good.

At Proskauer, we have a strong connection to the communities in which we live and work – and a deep commitment to their success. Our community involvement is rooted in our enduring tradition of upholding legal justice and our extensive pro bono work and charitable giving. We act on our sense of corporate social responsibility by creating and supporting programs that lead to lasting change, with a special emphasis on advancing education, veterans issues, and on improving opportunities for women in Africa through literacy and education.


“Most of us became lawyers because words like ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’ meant something to us. Our pro bono and corporate social responsibility programs at Proskauer are really intended to allow each of us, from the most junior to the most senior, whether staff or lawyers, to realize upon these values and to make an impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
Joseph M. Leccese
Chairman of the Firm

Recent Highlights


Proskauer Hosts Conversation on the State of Veteran Affairs

We recently hosted a comprehensive discussion regarding the state of veteran affairs both locally and nationally. Leading the discussion were guests Ray Toenniessen, associate vice president of strategic initiatives at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and Eric Henry, general counsel for the Department of Veteran Services (DVS) in New York City.


Making Home-Cooked Meals for Veterans at the Holidays

Fifteen volunteers from our Los Angeles office cooked and served dinner on three separate occasions during the holidays to 95 veterans in the L.A. community through PATH Cooks.


Serving Military and Veterans’ Families at the Fisher House

Proskauer volunteers brought great food and friendly faces to a group of 35 military and veterans’ families at the DC Fisher House.


A Season of Giving Back: Volunteering and Holiday Giving Recap

Each year across our offices, Proskauer emphasizes the importance of giving back in our communities, particularly during the holidays. Our people helped those in need through a wide range of activities, including serving meals, connecting with those less fortunate, donating clothing and providing other critical items.


A Thanksgiving Tradition: Serving Meals to Veterans in Need

For the fourth consecutive year, Proskauer volunteers from our Boston office served Thanksgiving meals to veterans at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center.


Boston Police Deputy Leads Adopt-a-School Workshop

Proskauer’s Adopt-a-School program, an initiative that provides high school juniors with a series of enrichment workshops focused on college and career readiness, hosted a program at our Boston office led by Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon from the Boston Police Department.


Adopt-a-School Program Collaborates With The Center for Conflict Resolution

Proskauer’s Adopt-a-School program teamed up with The Center for Conflict Resolution (CRR) to lead a workshop for Muchin Prep students in Chicago, teaching them how to manage conflict and negotiate with others to create durable and meaningful resolutions. This interactive and informative program taught the class how to evaluate conflict through five approaches: competition, accommodation, avoidance, compromise and collaboration.


Coming Together to Serve Meals at The Bowery Mission

During two evenings in September, volunteers from Proskauer’s Mentoring Circle Program (MCP), Corporate Social Responsibility team and Diversity & Inclusion team came together to serve dinner at The Bowery Mission, an organization that provides food, shelter, clothing and medical care to homeless, working poor and needy New Yorkers.


Colleen Hart Named a “Woman of Achievement” by Century City Chamber of Commerce

Partner Colleen Hart has been honored with the Woman of Achievement award by the Century City Chamber of Commerce. A leading tax lawyer and a member of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, Colleen has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor and was selected for her outstanding legal work, admirable volunteerism and veterans’ advocacy.


Proskauer Launches “For Good” Blog

Proskauer has launched its For Good blog, available at, capturing the inspiring stories and impactful work being done by the Firm’s lawyers and staff.


Proskauer Reads to New York City Students, Partners with Read Ahead

Proskauer is a proud partner of Read Ahead, an organization that promotes literacy in elementary schools through mentoring and one-on-one weekly read-aloud sessions.


Proskauer’s DC Office and Bloomberg BNA Clean the Anacostia River

Proskauer’s DC office teamed up with Bloomberg BNA and the Anacostia Watershed Society in a canoe cleanup of the Anacostia River and its wetlands at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.


Proskauer Teams-Up With GrowNYC and Tends to Governors Island

Proskauer’s New York and New Jersey summer associates spent a day of service at GrowNYC’s urban farm located at Governors Island.


UCLA Professor Visits Proskauer for CSR Speaker Series on Personalized Medicine

Proskauer hosted the latest installment of its Corporate Social Responsibility Speaker Series in its Los Angeles office which featured Dr. Deborah Krakow, a professor of orthopedic surgery, human genetics and obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Proskauer Coaches Local High School Moot Court Team

Proskauer hosted the final moot court competition for students from Francis Lewis High School at its New York office. Members of the Firm watched two of the students argue whether the stop and frisk of a woman wearing gang attire in a high crime area was constitutional. Partners Michael Cardozo, Margaret Dale and Joshua Newville presided as judges and provided constructive feedback to the competitors.


Proskauer's Women in Africa Speaker Series: Importance of Maternal and Child Health

Proskauer’s New York office hosted distinguished guests from the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Africa Integras to delve into the health and economic challenges affecting women in Africa. Rick Zall, chair of the Health Care Department, moderated the enlightening discussion with experts Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng and Ms. Amini Kajunju. 


Teaching Tech to Rosie's Theater Kids

On February 23rd, Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids) visited our New York office for a comprehensive technology workshop created by our IT trainer Consuelo Rockcliff-Stein. Eighteen high school juniors and seniors from RTKids were equipped with a laptop and learned the value and importance of managing their personal information through social media.


Proskauer Gives Back: A Holiday Giving and Volunteering Recap

Each year, Proskauer places an emphasis on giving back in our communities, especially during the holiday season. Members of the Firm performed many activities benefitting those who need our help, including serving meals and connecting with those less fortunate, decorating common spaces in residences and donating clothing and other critical items.


NYC Adopt-a-School Students Visit Nasdaq’s Market Bell Stage

Proskauer's Adopt-a-School class of 30 high school juniors from Manhattan Hunter Science High School in New York City took a private tour of the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square. Nasdaq MarketSite is the location for Nasdaq’s market bell ceremonies and provides panoramic views of NYC.


Proskauer Partners With Election Protection and Answers Voters' Calls

Two hundred fifty-five volunteers from Proskauer’s Boston, DC, New York and Los Angeles offices, alumni and friends of the Firm gathered on November 7 and 8, Election Day, to answer 3,150 calls from voters in Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas.


Proskauer Launches IVMF V-WISE Initiative in Boston Office

Members of Proskauer’s Boston office gathered for an event introducing the Institute for Veterans and Military Families' (IVMF) Initiative, V-WISE, which stands for "Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship." Through this initiative, which is also active in our New York and Los Angeles offices, Proskauer is the exclusive provider of pro bono legal services for women enrolled in the V-WISE program, a multi-phase business training and mentoring initiative.