Key Experience

  • Leads our pro bono practice.
  • Maintains a substantive practice in many areas of public interest law, including human rights, immigration, assistance to military personnel and poverty law matters.


Steven Schulman has handled dozens of asylum and other immigration cases, with a particular emphasis on complex matters, such as those involving the application of terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility. He joined the firm in 2006 as its first full-time pro bono partner, and he has seen participation in the pro bono practice increase substantially in every office and across every practice group. The firm’s lawyers now devote an average of more than 100 hours annually to pro bono client matters.

Representative Work

  • Led a team in the first case to bring a former head of state (Bolivia) to trial in the United States for human rights abuses. The jury awarded $10 million to our clients in April 2018.
  • Assisted in securing asylum grants for academics and activists from Syria, Malaysia, Iraq, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Central African Republic and El Salvador.
  • Organized a multi-firm project in London to represent stateless persons seeking immigration status in the United Kingdom.

Public Service and Affiliations