NEW YORK, November 3, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that René Kathawala has rejoined the firm in New York as its first Pro Bono Counsel.
A former Orrick associate and Pro Bono Coordinator for the New York office, Kathawala returns to the firm from a clerkship with Judge I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In his new position, Kathawala is responsible for managing and initiating Orrick’s pro bono activities firm-wide and directly supervising pro bono matters in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices.
“René will play a key role in ensuring that we are delivering pro bono advice and representation to the organizations and individuals who need it most,” said Jill L. Rosenberg, a partner in Orrick’s New York office and head of the firm’s pro bono programs. “His institutional knowledge of Orrick, his deep commitment to pro bono work and his experience administering its pro bono activities suit him perfectly for this position. We are very happy to have René back.”
“I am excited to return to Orrick and to concentrate full-time on pro bono administration and legal work,” said Kathawala. “I look forward to helping Orrick lawyers find new and personally rewarding pro bono opportunities that contribute to our communities in a meaningful way.”
Kathawala was an associate for eight years in Orrick’s employment law practice group in New York prior to his one-year clerkship. He earned a B.A. from New York University in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1996.
About Orrick’s Pro Bono Services
Pro bono service is an integral part of Orrick’s tradition and culture. Last year, Orrick attorneys and staff devoted 28,627 hours to pro bono matters on a wide variety of cases and projects to support individuals and organizations that could not otherwise afford legal representation. The firm’s pro bono services benefit clients ranging from families in Harlem who now have ready access to free legal advice to a man on death row who, with the help of Orrick’s lawyers, received a new trial.
Orrick has received numerous awards for pro bono work. The firm was the inaugural winner of the “Cornerstone Award” from the Lawyers Alliance for New York for advocacy on behalf of non-profit organizations and individuals. In 2004, the firm was honored by the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project for its commitment to pro bono work.
Orrick’s commitment to community extends beyond pro bono service to include volunteerism and financial support aimed at expanding access to education, legal services and the cultural arts to underserved communities around the globe, as well as emergency relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, for example, and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Orrick’s generosity has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times, among others, which ranked Orrick among the top 50 Bay Area corporate philanthropists in 2004.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with approximately 800 lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance, and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups, and individuals. The firm’s 15 offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Taipei, and Tokyo.