Scot Fishman has directed law firm pro bono programs for more than a decade, joining Manatt in 2012. Under his leadership, the firm’s professionals take on direct legal services cases, large-impact litigation and advocacy projects, as well as matters for nonprofit organizations and low-income small-business owners.
In Scot’s first year, Manatt’s pro bono contributions increased by more than 30 percent, and the firm continues to be a leader in the pro bono community. As a result, numerous organizations— including the State Bar of California, Lawyers Alliance for New York, the Public Law Center, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, and the Alliance for Children's Rights—have recognized the firm’s pro bono efforts.
A former litigator, Scot began focusing on pro bono work at his previous law firm. There, he was tasked with creating, implementing and directing the firm’s first formal pro bono program. In the first year, the average pro bono hours logged and the number of U.S. lawyers participating increased by well over half.
Scot’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He received the 2016 James T. Caleshu Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and was honored by The Legal Aid Society of New York as Outstanding Pro Bono Counsel of the Year in 2009.
Scot’s law firm work is complemented by his appointment to the State Bar of California's Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform (Phase II). His past work as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School, as well as his experience as an educator in D.C. public schools through Teach For America exemplify his commitment to education and professional development.