Chadbourne Adds To Pro Bono Committee To Reflect Global Pro Bono Efforts

Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 01:00

In keeping with its recent global expansion, the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP has announced that it has added attorneys from four of its overseas offices to the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

Named to the committee are Sylwester Pieckowski, international partner in the Warsaw office; Sergey Volfson, an associate in the Moscow office; Sergiy Onishchenko, an associate in the Kyiv office, and Amy McCarthy, an associate in the London office. Also named to fill two U.S. office committee vacancies were Amy Nelson in the Washington, DC office and Stacey Winograd in the New York office. The committee now has 20 partner and associate members.

The move coincides with Chadbourne's recent expansion into Warsaw and Kyiv and with the expansion of pro bono legal services for the poor around the world. Chadbourne opened the Warsaw and Kyiv offices in January 2004.

Some of Chadbourne's pro bono work in overseas offices includes:

•In Moscow, advising the Danish Refugee Council, a private humanitarian organization concerned with refugee protection, on general compliance work, contracts and labor issues; assisting Perspectiva Foundation, a Russian NGO, in obtaining educational benefits for disabled students;

•In Tashkent, providing legal assistance to an advisory committee in an effort to restructure a school and accredit it with the Uzbek educational authorities so as to provide new educational opportunities in Tashkent, and assisting in obtaining registration of a Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan;

•In Warsaw, the firm is handling more than 50 criminal and civil matters assigned by the courts and is providing assistance to Polish Humanitarian Action in cooperation with the EU Office of Humanitarian Assistance.

•In London, assisting in forming a charitable organization, Mothers Calling, dedicated to promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian mothers to increase communication and understanding;

•In Kyiv, registering a unit of Junior Achievement and continue to provide ongoing advice regarding various legal issues;

•Working on other unique pro bono projects around the world, such as helping a fundraising arm of an environmental group active in Mongolia, and working on the creation of a bank in a developing country.