Each year, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Pro Bono Publico Awards honor individuals or organizations in the legal community that enhance the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor or disadvantaged. 2013 recipients were honored at a luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This is the last of our five-part series recognizing this year’s award winners.
Jeffrey Trachtman is a partner at Kramer Levin in New York. His commitment to pro bono services spans a quarter-century and is exemplified by his work at the firm, where he headed the Kramer Levin’s Pro Bono Committee from 1994 to 2011. In his role, Trachtman dedicated 200 to 400 hours a year to administering the program and 100 to 500 hours a year to substantive pro bono work. And although he has stepped down as chairman, he still devoted more than 500 hours last year to pro bono activities, which includes significant work on matters related to Social Security disability and LGBT rights.
Click here to watch and listen as Trachtman shares his insights about receiving the award and his years of service.