Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation
Committed to Equal Justice
- 590,000+ attorney hours
- 101 nonprofit host organizations
- 29 issue areas
Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and since 1999, the firm has invested over $13 million to support, in whole or in part, 170+ Equal Justice Works Fellows. These fellows, graduates of 62 law schools, have served over 51 cities across the United States and have provided over 590,000 attorney hours on behalf of underrepresented populations. Through their two-year fellowships, they have delivered critically needed legal services at more than 101 nonprofit host organizations, working on 29 issue areas ranging from community development and disability rights to domestic violence and immigrant populations. Among Greenberg Traurig’s former fellows, over 80 percent remain in public interest today. Together, the sponsors, fellows and host organizations ensure equal access to the justice system for society's most vulnerable individuals and communities.
For information about our current fellows and their projects, please click 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 organization 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 summarized 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 organizations, 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.