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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
Applicants should have strong academic achievement, outstanding judgment and personal skills like effective communication, leadership qualities, interpersonal abilities, teamwork, and diversity sensitivity.
Kasowitz is dedicated to serving the needy who cannot afford to pay for legal services. Recognizing the importance of providing pro bono services to needy individuals and organizations, it treats its pro bono clients on par with its other clients. The firm encourages its attorneys to take up pro bono matters in any area in which they are interested.
Attorneys of the firm serve on the board of legal services organizations and are involved in advising community, religious, charitable and other no-profit entities as part of the firm's pro bono mission. When making advancement and compensation decisions, legal experience gained from pro bono work and hours spent on such involvement are treated on par with experience and hours on usual client matters.
The firm has received many an award for its pro bono work in the last several years, including pro bono publico awards from the Legal Aid Society. In addition, an attorney received the John Geiger Award for work on behalf of inMotion's disadvantaged clients in family court matters. This award was also received for mentoring attorneys and summer associates in these matters. The firm received the Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for its work representing LGBT applicants for asylum in the U.S.
The firm handles matters referred by various legal services organizations and courts, including The Legal Aid Society, inMotion, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Veteran Advocacy Project (affiliated with the Urban Justice Center), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the SDNY Pro Se Office, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association, the Northern District of California Pro Bono Project, the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office and the SF Volunteer Lawyers Services Program.
Kasowitz attorneys have handled pro bono cases involving a wide array of issues, including child custody and support, divorce, political asylum, immigration, landlord-tenant, government benefits, employment discrimination, foreclosure defense, veterans' rights, special education, civil rights and representation of not-for-profit organizations.
The firm Represented refugees from Tibet, Bhutan, Sudan (Darfur), Brazil, Guinea and other countries in applying for political asylum and handling related immigration issues, including family reunification. Kasowitz attorneys have worked on a number of successful reunification cases involving Darfuri families caught in an immigration loophole that had prevented their young children from being eligible to enter the U.S.
Kasowitz represented refugees from Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Brazil and other countries who were persecuted on account of their sexual orientation in applying for asylum in the United States.
The firm represented victims of domestic abuse and other disadvantaged mothers in obtaining custody orders, divorces and additional child support, in conjunction with inMotion.