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Pro Bono Report 2011

In reviewing our nearly 100,000 hours of pro bono service over the last year, we are struck by the impact our work has had on families, and the number of families we have helped stay together or reunite after circumstances tore them apart. In our immigrants' rights cases, we have helped scores of family members reunite, including families from Cameroon, Eritrea, Togo, the Republic of Congo and Uganda. The father of the family from Uganda was tortured for opposing the resident's efforts to end term limits. We obtained cancellation of removal for a man from Poland who had been in the United States since he was a child and who had been acting as a father to his fiancée’s young children. In our family law pro bono cases, we have helped parents obtain custody, child support and restraining orders against abusive partners. Our New York office has worked for many years with inMotion, an organization providing legal services to low income and indigent women and children in domestic crisis. In our landlord tenant work, we have helped clients avoid evictions that would have forced families to break apart to find a place to live. Our work on a habeas petition in a criminal case allowed our innocent client to reunite with his family after 15 years in prison. Finally, Sidley's pro bono services serve families by providing corporate, real estate and other advice to a wide range of organizations, such as New York Cares, Hope in Loss, and Small Steps, School for Parents, that are on the front lines of serving and preserving families. We are extremely proud of all of Sidley's pro bono efforts, but this year, we call special attention to all that Sidley lawyers have done to protect and preserve our clients' families.