Special Counsel for Pro Bono
Ms. Katz is Davis Polk’s Special Counsel for Pro Bono. She joined the firm in the fall of 1982 and retired in 2011 after nearly 30 years of service, including almost 15 years as a partner in the Litigation Department.
Pro Bono Practice
Ms. Katz has served as a member of the boards of a number of pro bono legal services providers and organizations committed to policy and direct service work on behalf of low-income and indigent New Yorkers, including the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Hour Children, Inc., The Correctional Association of New York and Advocates for Children.
For more than 15 years, she has been providing pro bono advice and representation to incarcerated women in connection with visitation, custody and other family law matters as part of the Volunteers of Legal Services Incarcerated Mothers Project, and has been honored for this work by Women’s E-News as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”
She has also received awards for her pro bono work from Advocates for Children, Volunteers of Legal Service, The Women’s Prison Association and the Legal Aid Society.
- Special Counsel for Pro Bono, 2012-present
- Senior Counsel, 2011-2012
- Partner, 1997-2011
- Senior Attorney, 1990-1997
- Associate, 1982-1990
- Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas C. Platt, U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 1981-1982