Leeanne is a prior recipient of DLA Piper's National Pro Bono Award for significant work on several pro bono matters.

Pro Bono Experience

  • In 2018, through injunctive relief, reunited two separate refugee fathers and children after being separated at the border due to the "zero tolerance" policy for illegal immigration at the border.
  • Traveled to Nepal and trained women lawyers on various substantive legal issues as part of an advancement for women initiative.
  • Taught a legal writing clinic in Zambia for African law students seeking admission to practice as lawyers.
  • In 2011 and 2012, Leeanne tried and won a case before the Hon. Jack Weinstein in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, enforcing U.S. treaty obligations on behalf of a foreign national under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. The trial result was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Successfully obtained relief for a class of children abused at a government detention center.
  • Obtained increased benefits for a Gulf War veteran before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Obtained asylum for a Somali refugee.
  • Counseled magistrate judges in Guyana regarding juvenile justice as part of DLA's New Perimeter project.
  • Assisted New York County and King's County District Attorney's offices with appellate work.