Pro Bono

Volunteer trash clean-up at Storm King with David Sive, 1982

The early pro bono work of our founding partner, the late David Sive, established Sive, Paget & Riesel as the firm it is today. Our commitment to pro bono work speaks to David’s leadership and is his legacy. For a description of David’s early pro bono work, you can view the David Sive page.

Some of our recent pro bono work relating to environmental law and litigation includes:

  • Representing Scenic Hudson in litigation that ultimately forced the EPA to fund the New York State Upper Hudson River PCB Cleanup.
  • On behalf of the Buzzard Bay Coalition, suing for more stringent limitations on the discharge of nitrogen to water bodies surrounding Cape Cod, seeking revised Total Maximum Daily Loads and an updated Water Quality Management Plan under the Clean Water Act.
  • Playing an active role in creating and establishing the Environmental Program within the The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice at the New York City Bar Association. One of our partners founded and currently chairs this program.
  • Through the Vance Center, the firm has represented the Rainforest Alliance regarding incentives for sustainable business practices in Latin America and the Blacksmith Institute in connection with site remediation laws and best practices in Latin America.
  • Representing  the Natural Resources Defense Council in a lawsuit against the United States Navy resulting in the expansion of Gateway National Recreational Area.
  • Counseling Green Guerillas on issues related to soil quality and environmental insurance at urban farm.
  • Drafting an amicus brief in a U.S. Court of Appeals supporting EPA Clean Air Act regulations on behalf of our clients, the National Parks Conservation AssociationMinnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Voyageurs National Park Association and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

SPR also serves as pro bono counsel on non-environmental matters to encourage our lawyers to represent individual clients who are in need of legal assistance at no cost, to advance causes we believe in, and in order to sharpen the legal skills of our newer lawyers. Most recently these efforts included the successful representation of a transgender client referred by Immigration Equality who sought political asylum in an immigration proceeding.

For more information about SPR’s pro bono work, contact Jeff Gracer.