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Pro Bono Basics New York 2017: Best Practices and Ethics


Speaker(s): Adam Heintz, Doris Rios Duffy, Jennifer K. Brown, Karen Fisher Gutheil, Linton Mann III
Recorded on: Mar. 30, 2017
PLI Program #: 185652

Adam Heintz is Legal Services NYC's Director of Pro Bono. Adam creates and manages pro bono projects that focus on the essential civil legal needs of low income New Yorkers, including housing, immigration, education, consumer, and benefits. He works with nearly 100 large law firms and corporations to serve thousands of low income clients each year. Adam is also a founding member of the Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA), and he speaks frequently at national conferences about pro bono.

Prior to joining LSNYC, Adam spent six years as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where he maintained an active pro bono docket. He clerked for the Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Adam is also a founding member of the Brooklyn Family Defense Project’s Associate Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Heintz was employed as the HIV-Related Violence Program Coordinator at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Mr. Heintz received his B.A. from Oberlin College, and J.D. from NYU Law School.


Doris Rios Duffy is an in-house attorney with AIG. She has held the position of Senior Trial Attorney with AIG Staff Counsel for nine years. She litigates in the New York State and federal courts and has been practicing since 1983.

She is a partner liaison with the AIG Pro Bono Committee.  She encourages and facilitates pro bono work by other AIG in-house attorneys. She is a board member of the Defense Association of New York (DANY) and the co-chair of DANY pro bono committee.

Prior to her work at AIG, she was in private practice and represented individuals and small business in litigation. As a volunteer, she was active in local community organizations including the local Chamber of Commerce, the PTA and community organizations concerned with local issues including zoning and redistricting.


Jennifer K. Brown is Senior Pro Bono Counsel for Morrison & Foerster.  Based in the firm’s New York office, she is responsible for directing MoFo’s widely-recognized program of providing free legal services to low-income individuals, to nonprofit organizations, and in matters that serve the public interest.  Jennifer’s own pro bono work at the firm includes directing a groundbreaking effort to win humanitarian parole in the United States for Haitian women victimized by rape in post-earthquake encampments and serving on the legal team that negotiated extensive reforms to the practice of solitary confinement in New York State prisons.

Jennifer previously served as vice president and legal director of Legal Momentum, a national women’s rights organization; as the Reproductive Rights Unit director in the New York State Attorney General’s office; and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. A graduate of Yale Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Pierre Leval and was a Fellow in the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.


Linton Mann III is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Litigation Practice.  Linton represents clients in a broad range of high-stakes litigation and investigation matters including securities, shareholder derivative disputes, class actions, antitrust and complex commercial disputes.  Linton is Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Knowledge Management Committee and Summer Associate Program.  Linton was recently named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal and Law360.  He is also a repeat honoree on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished law firm partners under the age of 40.

Linton is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uncommon Charter Schools New York City which oversees twenty-four public charter schools in Brooklyn, New York.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Manhattan Legal Services, a program of Legal Services NYC, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services in the country. 

Linton also has significant pro bono experience including representing low-income tenants in New York City’s Housing Court and New York’s trial and appellate courts.  He also participates in and coordinated (2009-2016) Simpson Thacher’s Legal Outreach Internship.  Legal Outreach is an organization that prepares urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence and facilitating the pursuit of higher education.

Linton joined Simpson Thacher following his graduation in 2007 from Duke University School of Law, where he served as the Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board.  He was selected as the recipient of Duke Law’s 2017 Young Alumni Award, honoring an individual who has graduated within the past 15 years and has made significant leadership and service contributions to Duke Law School and the legal profession.  He received B.A. degrees in political science and speech communications from the University of Georgia in 2004.  He is admitted to practice in New York.


Karen Fisher Gutheil, Esq., is the Supervising Attorney in the Pro Bono Practice of The Legal Aid Society. The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the poor. The Pro Bono Practice partners with attorneys from the private bar to assist the Society's staff in handling matters for thousands of clients in their Civil, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Rights practices. Ms. Gutheil began her career at Legal Aid as a Staff Attorney in the Manhattan trial office of the Juvenile Rights Practice, representing children in Family Court for seven years in child protective and delinquency proceedings.  She then moved to the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice for nine years, where she focused on affirmative litigation and legislative advocacy.  Prior to joining The Legal Aid Society, Ms. Gutheil worked at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  Ms. Gutheil was the Chair of the Family Court and Family Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2006-2009, served as a City Bar delegate to the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 2009-2013 and is currently a member of the City Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee.  She also serves as a member from the 1st Judicial District on the New York State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee.  Ms. Gutheil chaired the New York State Bar Association’s Children and the Law Committee from 2012-2014 and currently serves on the State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Aid.  She has also been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  In 2006, Ms. Gutheil received the Charles Schinitsky Award for outstanding service on behalf of children represented by the Juvenile Rights Practice and in 2010 was given the Servant of Justice Award by the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  Ms. Gutheil holds a B.F.A. from Drake University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.