Cahill Pro Bono: The Door
Partner Advisor: Sean Davis
Since 2008, Cahill has worked closely with The Door, an organization that serves 10,000 young people in New York City with a wide range of services, including legal assistance. Cahill attorneys and Summer Associates participate in two programs that bring opportunity and security to vulnerable young people – the Emancipation Clinic and the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”) Project. The Cahill team works closely with our clients, getting to know them and understanding their situations so we can help most effectively, and we handle all aspects of legal proceedings that arise from these programs.
Cahill attorneys run an “Emancipation Clinic” every other week in which we assist young people with a range of issues, including the legal emancipation process and helping students obtain college financial aid and SNAP benefits. For Cahill’s SIJS project, our attorneys represent young people who are abandoned, abused, or fleeing violence elsewhere in the world in their applications for lawful permanent residency in the United States. Cahill lawyers regularly represent these clients in family court and United States Citizenship & Immigration Services proceedings. This program makes available pro bono opportunities to Cahill lawyers such as assisting young people in crisis through individual representation, participating in immigration and emancipation clinics and conducting workshops to inform and educate on topics of interest.