San Francisco, CA. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that partners Robert Ebe and Deborah Schwartz have been honored with Pro Bono Advocate awards by Legal Services for Children (LSC). Both Mr. Ebe and Ms. Schwartz, along with the firm, are among those being honored at the organization’s annual luncheon, which will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children provides free legal and social services to children and youth under 18 years old in the San Francisco Bay Area. LSC provides assistance with dependencies, guardianships, emancipations, hearings arising out of school discipline, special education, benefits, and immigration.
Nixon Peabody is also proud of its ties to this year’s keynote speaker, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Since its founding by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, the World Childhood Foundation has provided a support to marginalized children, the ones most often ignored and forgotten. The Foundation focuses especially on girls and the main target groups are street children, children living in institutions, young mothers, and sexually abused children. Michael Cooney, leader of the firm’s nonprofit organizations practice, has served on the Foundation’s governing board since its founding, and is currently its chairperson. He joins the rest of the Childhood Foundation board here in the U.S. in recognizing both Princess Madeleine and LSC for their work in the field.
“Volunteering their time and efforts for those in need of legal services is something that our attorneys do with such energy, compassion, and dedication,” said Stacey Slater, Nixon Peabody’s pro bono partner. “We are tremendously proud of the work that Bob and Deborah have done and congratulate them on their awards.”