Bloomberg Law named Selendy Gay to its 2023 list of Pro Bono Innovators, a distinction given to a short list of law firms, companies, nonprofits, and other organizations worldwide that demonstrated innovation in their approaches to pro bono legal service. Bloomberg highlighted the firm’s work on two projects: the evacuation of nearly 500 Afghan refugee girls and their families after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the representation of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims’ families in Remington’s bankruptcy.
Partner Jennifer Selendy co-founded and leads the 30 Birds Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping 500 Afghan refugee girls and their families whose lives were threatened by the Taliban’s takeover. In 2022, Jennifer organized a collaborative, global pro bono effort that united several law firms in efforts to help this community. Multi-firm pro-bono collaborations are historically rare in the legal industry, but Jennifer mobilized a network of lawyers around the world to help 30 Birds’ constituents with their visa applications.
Led by partner Faith Gay, Selendy Gay represented a group of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims’ families after Remington filed for bankruptcy. The firm helped the Sandy Hook families secure favorable terms in the Remington debtors’ bankruptcy plan, including a mechanism to allow the families and other claimants to continue their litigation efforts against Remington (which was handled by Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder), and preserved the historical record of the marketing of Remington’s weapons.
Selendy Gay has a strong foundational commitment to pro bono and public work and has been previously recognized for pro bono work by outlets that include Chambers and Law360.