The law firm of Mayer Brown LLP joined the List Project as a partner in March 2008 and has 70 participating attorneys across the country. For its work with the List Project, Mayer Brown received the 2008 National Law Journal Pro Bono Award.
Background on Mayer Brown LLP:
Mayer Brown seeks to institutionalize pro bono law: to practice law in the trenches – representing disadvantaged clients and often unpopular causes – while utilizing the resources of one of the world’s top corporate and litigation law firms on behalf of causes and cases frequently overlooked by such firms.
The firm’s lawyers participate in a broad range of pro bono public service and community activities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and throughout the world. Mayer Brown offers not only legal representation in trial, appellate, and transactional matters; the firm provides training and encouragement to junior lawyers attracted to public interest law as well as financial support to public interest organizations.
Marcia Tavares Maack heads up Mayer Brown’s team of attorneys and paralegals assisting the List Project. Ms. Maack is the Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities for Mayer Brown LLP. In conjunction with Marc Kadish, the firm’s Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training, and Julie Dickins, the Pro Bono Partner in charge of Europe, Ms. Maack is responsible for coordinating the firm’s pro bono program.
Ms. Maack acts as a liaison to the legal services and nonprofit community, develops and selects pro bono opportunities, and ensures a broad range of participation in the firm’s pro bono activities. She also assists and supervises the firm’s attorneys with their pro bono cases.
Ms. Maack’s pro bono work is concentrated in the areas of international human rights, asylum, and refugee matters. In addition to numerous other projects, she developed and implemented the firm’s partnership with The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, an organization that helps Iraqi refugees whose lives are at risk because of their affiliation with the US Government’s military and reconstruction effort in Iraq. Mayer Brown was honored with a 2008 National Law Journal Pro Bono Award for its work with The List Project.
Ms. Maack is a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, and has been a speaker at public interest and pro bono conferences in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, in addition to the Pro Bono Institute annual conference. She is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.
Before becoming the firm’s Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities, Ms. Maack was a lawyer in Mayer Brown’s litigation practice group.