“There is a call upon the legal profession to do a great work for this country.” Liskow embraces the sentiment reflected in Justice Brandeis’ comment as well as the American Bar Association’s exhortation to address the unmet legal needs of the indigent and disadvantaged population. We believe pro bono work is a civic and professional responsibility that is essential in order to advance the legal standing of diverse and historically underserved populations.
The firm fosters an environment in which individual lawyers are encouraged to embrace this responsibility through pro bono work. Not only do these efforts contribute to the fabric of our communities; pro bono initiatives provide rich experience for associates, enhancing a personal professional framework, as well as helping to equip them for service to clients. Each year, the firm presents one attorney with the Liskow Pro Bono Award in recognition of their outstanding community service and philanthropic work.
The firm is an active participant in many local non-profit organizations, including the Pro Bono Project and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, organizations which act as central coordinators of services to those in need. Additional matters are brought into the firm by individual attorneys, referrals from neighborhood clinics and referrals from the public and indigent defender offices. Specific matters in which our lawyers are engaged vary widely, reflecting the differing interests and expertise of our attorneys.
Liskow also serves as panel counsel to the United States Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. On referral from the State Department, firm lawyers have represented parents in foreign countries whose children were abducted to the United States. Liskow lawyers have enforced the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA) through the New Orleans federal court and obtained the return of abducted children. Some of the children were obtained by consent through litigation, others required federal trial and appeal.
In 2021, Liskow & Lewis dedicated approximately 350 hours serving those in need.