Davis Polk associate Scott Wilcox was presented with the Federal Bar Council’s Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Commitment to Pro Bono Service on June 16, 2016, in New York. The award celebrates lawyers in private practice who have gone “above and beyond” in making an extraordinary commitment to providing or facilitating pro bono legal services in federal courts or agencies within the Second Circuit. Specifically, the award “distinguishes those attorneys who persistently dedicate themselves to meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and mentor and inspire fellow lawyers to volunteer their professional expertise to help others.”
Wilcox has devoted more than 1,600 hours to pro bono legal services during his time in private practice – an average of approximately 250 hours per year. He has represented individuals and non-profit organizations in immigration, veterans benefit, arts-related, elder law, non-profit governance, and criminal law pro bono matters. He works closely with legal services organizations, including Sanctuary for Families, the City Bar Justice Center, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteers of Legal Service, Lawyers Alliance for New York and Clemency Project 2014.
The Federal Bar Council is an organization of lawyers who practice in federal courts within the Second Circuit. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in federal practice and fellowship among federal practitioners. It is also committed to encouraging respectful, cordial relations between the bench and bar.