Requisition Number: 2022-08-04256-0128-001
Job Title: Pro Bono Specialist
City: New York
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.
Simpson Thacher is an international law firm with over 1,000 lawyers. The Firm has an abiding commitment to public service and pro bono work is engrained in its professional ethos. The Pro Bono Specialist works closely with the Pro Bono team to support the administration of the Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Specialist is responsible for oversight, management and logistical support of the Firm’s wide ranging and varied clinical program. This role also provides support to the Pro Bono Counsel and Deputy Pro Bono Counsel regarding information management, reports and presentations.
Plan, staff and oversee pro bono “clinics” (short term legal advice consultations) in all offices (travel not required, most clinics are virtual)
Manage various ongoing pro bono projects
Maintain and distribute CLE, training and resource materials
Manage and update the pro bono practice page of the Firm’s intranet
Conduct statistical analysis of pro bono work as necessary
Assist in responding to pro bono surveys and reports requested by various media outlets, bar associations and referral agencies
Serve as point person for lateral attorneys to introduce them to the Pro Bono Program
Liaise with pro bono coordinators/teams at legal services organizations for planning and monitoring of project implementation and matters
Collaborate with the Deputy Pro Bono Counsel in managing the Firm’s annual Pro Bono Recognition event
Plan and execute pro bono events and legal training programs
Prepare responses to auditors for pro bono matters
Perform other duties as assigned
Fluency in oral and written English, second language proficiency a plus
Excellent organizational skills and a strong aptitude for detail
Ability to coordinate and work on multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines
Demonstrated interest in public service and serving low-income communities
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Zoom and PowerPoint
Ability to be flexible and to work independently, at times with minimal supervision, as well as in a fast-paced environment with a small staff
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a variety of people including senior professionals and low-income clients
Excellent judgment, including sensitivity to confidential information
3-5 years of relevant experience required, prior experience working in a law firm, or in pro bono, legal aid and/or public interest law preferred.
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