In a Sept. 12 special edition, the New York Law Journal revealed that Sarah Cave was among 14 honorees chosen out of 70 nominees who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the lives of financially struggling New Yorkers. Of the 14 honorees, Cave was one of eight private attorneys profiled; the others were public interest lawyers, a law firm, an in-house lawyer and a law school clinic.
According to the New York Law Journal, Cave stood out for her “modesty” about her contributions and a “fundamental belief” that she is doing what good lawyers do. “The difference between a positive result and negative result is often the presence of a lawyer,” Cave told the newspaper. “Making sure even those who can’t afford it get the best representation is essential to the system working properly.”
The profile noted that Cave has been involved with pro bono work since she was a first-year associate in 1998 and has averaged more than 260 pro bono hours annually since 2009, despite the demands of her securities and bankruptcy litigation practice.
“Every single thing we do [in pro bono] she has a hand in,” Candace Beinecke told the newspaper. She estimated that Cave, as co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, spends at least an additional 200 hours each year on administrative duties, developing and supervising the firm’s pro bono program. “She does about everything one can expect of someone in her position and three times more.”
Heidi Lee Henderson, senior director of legal services at inMotion, whose cases Cave has handled pro bono for the past six years, called Cave an “immigration guru.” “Sarah goes above and beyond what lawyers normally do on cases,” she said. “She’s been a real cheerleader and supporter of the work and mission and really cares about doing the right thing.”
The profile also highlighted Hughes Hubbard’s No. 2 ranking in The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Survey in 2011 – a year in which 300 lawyers logged 47,000 pro bono hours, with more than 70 percent of the firm’s attorneys dedicating 20 hours or more.