Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation
Committed to Equal Justice
- 540,000+ attorney hours
- 90+ nonprofit host organisations
- 29 issue areas
The Greenberg Traurig Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation allows us to serve as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States. Since 1999, the firm has invested $10 million to support, in whole or in part, 150 Equal Justice Works Fellows. These fellows, graduates of 61 law schools, have served over 41 cities across the United States and have provided over 540,000 attorney hours on behalf of underrepresented populations. Through their 2-year fellowships, the fellows have delivered critically needed legal services to more than 95 nonprofit host organisations, working on 29 issue areas ranging from community development and disability rights to domestic violence and immigrant populations.
For information about our current fellows and their projects, please click here. Former fellows speak about the program, here.
Holly Skolnick was chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Initiative and President/Founder of the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation. Following her death in 2013 from melanoma, the firm renamed our fellowship foundation in her memory.
An experienced trial attorney and litigator for over 25 years, Holly represented individuals and entities in complex civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. Her practice areas included securities fraud, class action defense, insider trading, money laundering, and RICO. Holly’s passion for justice led to the establishment of the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation. The program is a partnership between Greenberg Traurig and Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for law students and lawyers to deliver effective legal representation to underserved communities and causes.
Holly’s view on the importance of giving back to the community was best summarised in her own words: “In our current economic climate, lawyers cannot neglect their duty to their communities. The private sector must partner with social service organisations, engage its attorneys and staff, and work together to make a difference for those who cannot afford legal services.”
Click here for a video of Holly discussing the foundation.