Sidley is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) awarded the firm with its “Gold Award” for best pro bono work for firms with 50-100 lawyers in Dallas at the annual pro bono awards reception. The award reflects Sidley’s continued tradition and longstanding commitment to pro bono, public interest and community service work both in Dallas and globally.
Through the firm’s pro bono work, Sidley brings meaningful change to the firm’s clients and communities. In addition to the work done through firmwide initiatives, Sidley provides diverse pro bono services to address the critical legal needs of the firm’s neighbors and neighborhoods. Particularly in Texas, Sidley and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund successfully obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of the City of San Antonio to challenge Texas’s legislation depriving local jurisdictions of their ability to adopt and implement policies that Texas deems to be sanctuary city policies. Additionally, in the weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Sidley worked quickly to revise and update the State Bar of Texas Disaster Relief Manual to help local lawyers aid hurricane victims with recent information and resources. Further, Sidley assisted Goldman Sachs with the documentation and negotiation of an interest-free senior secured term loan facility with LiftFund Inc., a Texas-based borrower that will in turn lend interest-free loans to small businesses that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Pro Bono Awards recognize judges, attorneys, law firms, court reporters and legal staff who have provided free legal aid to Dallas residents who could not otherwise afford it. Created in 1997, DVAP is a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas dedicated to increasing and enhancing pro bono legal services to the underprivileged in Dallas.