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The firm encourages all attorneys to find a way to participate in pro bono projects and community service. DWT is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and commits to providing 3% of its annual hours to pro bono. Individual lawyers doing pro bono work can earn billable credit up to 8% of their annual billable-hours goal.

DWT Helping Defeat Kazakh Government Campaign to Silence Opposition via U.S. Courts 
As co-counsel with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), DWT has been working for the past two years on behalf of a media company that is being targeted in U.S. courts by the government of Kazakhstan.

Robinson and Keith Garner Another Pro Bono Win for a VLA Client Whose Mural Was Destroyed in Violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act 
In 2015, lawyers in New York successfully assisted another artist in a claim over the destruction of a work of art. The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA) grants an artist of a work that is integrated into a building the right to receive notice of any changes that will lead to the destruction of the work and the right to remove and preserve his or her work if it is technically possible.

Pop-Up Fashion Clinic a Great Success
On September 23, DWT’s New York Office hosted the Fordham Fashion Law Institute’s Pop-Up Clinic. The Fashion Law Institute is the world’s first center dedicated to law and the business of fashion, offering training, legal services and general information on issues facing the fashion industry.

New York Team Achieves Settlement to Keep Confidential Medical Information Confidential
In 2015, New York associate Yonatan (Yoni) Berkovits, working with partners Ed Davis and James Rosenfeld, negotiated an important settlement for a client whose confidential medical information was disclosed to a family member by his pharmacy. Pursuing litigation would have risked further exposing the client’s HIV status and details of his family life. Instead the client came away with an appropriate settlement.

The case was referred to DWT by the Legal Action Center, the only nonprofit law and policy organization in the U.S. whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

New York Lawyers Provide Valuable Instruction for Nonprofits
J.J. Leitner and Coleen McGrath, both counsel in our New York office, facilitated a workshop in April 2015 for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). The workshop was geared toward startup nonprofits, with information on incorporation and tax exemption including what it means to be nonprofit and tax exempt, the advantages and disadvantages, and how to apply.

Jessica Lauredan, an assistant director of pro bono programs at NYLPI, said: “Your presentation was extremely thorough and accessible, and you are both great teachers. This workshop (as you can glean from attendance) is highly valuable to the nonprofit community. There are very few offerings of this kind in NYC.”
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