Community and Pro Bono Efforts


Young Conaway supports many community and pro bono efforts throughout the State of Delaware.  Our attorneys and staff are active ambassadors of our diverse message.


    Young Conaway bestows two pro bono awards each year to attorneys at the firm. The William F. Taylor Award is given to the associate who provides exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and the Bar. Likewise, The H. James Conaway, Jr. award is given to the partner who provides exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and the Bar. 





On May, 11, 2011, Governor Markell signed The Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011 into law. A Young Conaway attorney gained national attention and praise for her work as the President of Equality Delaware and in leading the effort to draft and support this legislation.


Each year, Young Conaway, in partnership with members of DuPont’s legal department and the Delaware Law Related Education Center, conduct the StreetLaw Conference. Attorneys spend time in the classroom, teaching basic legal principles to students of Howard High School of Technology. The students and legal professionals then come together for a day-long conference where they put those principles to work in a mock trial. Interested students are also mentored in the college application and admissions process. 


Young Conaway’s relationship with Stubbs Elementary School started a few years ago when nearly 30 attorneys and staff at our firm began volunteering as mentors for students at the school. As our relationship has grown, we have participated in numerous events including book drives, backpack give-aways, hat and scarf give-aways, field trips to our offices, adopt-a-family events, and numerous other individual acts of generosity by our attorneys and staff.


Summer associates and attorney mentors select a pro bono project as part of the Summer Associate curriculum. This past year, our summer associates and their mentors worked with the Wilmington YMCA summer camp to supervise activities at the community camp. In past years, our summer associates have accepted pro bono cases in a variety of areas, including pursuing protection from abuse orders, fighting eviction proceedings on behalf of low-income individuals, and participating in foreclosure mediations.

Our attorneys, in association with the Delaware Law Related Education Center, coach mock trial teams throughout the area. Several of our attorneys have coached mock trial teams at several schools, including the Howard High School Mock Trial Team, continuing our long-term commitment to students hoping to pursue careers in the legal profession. Our recent move to the Courthouse on Rodney Square in Wilmington included a mock courtroom which the students now use to practice.