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2013 Chesterfield Smith Award – Robert E. Juceam

Robert E. Juceam

Robert E. JuceamRobert E. Juceam is Of Counsel to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, resident in the firm’s New York office.  He joined the firm in 1966, became a partner in 1974 and Of Counsel to the firm in 2006.  From 1995 to 2001, he chaired the litigation department in the Washington, D.C., office. His 45 years of practice has focused on civil and white-collar criminal law investigations and litigations defending public companies and directors, being leading chair in prosecuting and defending insurance and reinsurance claims in court and in arbitration as well as lead experience in claims against the federal government, real estate, matrimonial, professional malpractice and discipline, resentencing, parole, and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Juceam’s pro bono career has included leading his firm’s representation of the City of New York in more than 90 tort cases undertaken during the city’s fiscal crisis, representing prisoners in coram nobis resentencing cases and in seeking parole or clemency, representing involuntary mental patients in discharge or transfer, representing defendants in their criminal appeals, being court-appointed guardian of the rights of putative parents in adoption proceedings and advocating for legislative reform seeking equitable distribution in matrimonial proceedings, litigating the downward departure of sentencing for aliens in immigration-related matters, representing asylum-seekers, and advocating for increased pro bono representation by the Bar.

The American Lawyer honored Mr. Juceam as a 2010 Lifetime Achiever for his life-long commitment to pro bono work, and more specifically, immigration matters.  He has received honors and awards from numerous organizations including: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Center for Constitutional and Human Legal Rights, the Haitian Refugee Center, the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Immigration Law Foundation of which he is a Founder.

Mr. Juceam is or has been on the boards of numerous bar, civic, nonprofit and pro bono publico organizations including the Pro Bono Institute, Street Law, Appleseed, The Atlantic Legal Foundation, the New York Equal Justice Center, Human Rights First, the New York County Lawyers Association, the DC Bar Foundation Advisory Board, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Human Rights Under Law, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has chaired the immigration committees of the International Bar Association General Practice Section, the National Criminal Bar Association and of the ABA Section of Litigation. He is also general counsel of The Supreme Court Historical Society.

Mr. Juceam received his JD in 1972 and his LLB in 1964, from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He received his LLM from New York University School of Law in 1966, and his AB, cum laude, from Columbia University College in 1961.  He is admitted and maintains licensed jurisdiction in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court, numerous federal district and appellate courts and the Courts of the State of New York.