Steven H. Schulman has been named as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's first full-time pro bono partner. Mr. Schulman will lead Akin Gump's pro bono practice.
Mr. Schulman joins Akin Gump from Latham & Watkins, where as that firm's first pro bono counsel he led what became the largest law firm pro bono practice in the world during his tenure (2001-2004). In addition to maintaining a substantive practice in many areas of public interest law - including human rights, landlord-tenant and predatory lending matters - he developed and implemented that firm's signature Child Refugee Project, assisting unaccompanied alien children in the United States through individual representation, legislative counseling and systemic reform.
Mr. Schulman is a member of the Washington Council of Human Rights First and the legal advisory board of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. He served as co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Pro Bono and Public Interest Litigation Committee (2002-2005) and on the ABA Commission on Immigration (2004-2005).
Akin Gump has a long history of pro bono representation, and is currently engaged in significant pro bono matters in each of its 10 U.S. offices, from New York to California. In total, Akin Gump lawyers dedicated more than 42,000 hours to pro bono service in 2005.