Fordham Law


Davis Polk & Wardwell Supports Fordham Law’s Leitner Center

June 25, 2008

Fordham Law School's Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, part of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, has formed a pro bono program supported by Davis Polk & Wardwell, an international law firm.  A Davis Polk associate, Anna Cave, spent the spring semester working with Chi Mgbako, clinical associate professor of law and supervisor of the Leitner Clinic. 

Ms. Cave co-supervised the clinic's two Sierra Leone human rights projects which focused on female genital mutilation and child maintenance.  Davis Polk sponsored Ms. Cave's trip to Sierra Leone in March with Professor Mgbako and two Fordham Law students, Helen Shin ('08) and Meghna Saxena ('08), to conduct fieldwork related to the projects.  The firm also assisted with the production of two documents that were prepared by the Leitner Clinic for its partner organization in Sierra Leone.  Ms. Cave gave a presentation on her Leitner work to associates and partners at Davis Polk. 

In the fall, Davis Polk will continue to sponsor Ms. Cave's work in the Leitner Clinic where she will work with Professor Mgbako and clinic students on projects in Cambodia and Liberia.  She will be joined by another Davis Polk associate who will focus on indigenous rights in the United States. 

Davis Polk supports a broad range of pro bono work, with a recent emphasis on international issues, and encourages its lawyers to pursue the kind of work they find personally fulfilling.  This year marks the first year of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. The clinic aims to train a new generation of human rights lawyers and to inspire results-oriented, practical human rights work throughout the world.  The Leitner Clinic works in partnership with non-governmental organizations and foreign law schools on international human rights projects ranging from legal and policy analysis, fact-finding and report writing, and human rights training and capacity-building.