Dara Sheinfeld is the Pro Bono Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. In this role, she helps manage the firm’s pro bono practice and supervises may pro bono matters, including custody/visitation, abuse/neglect, child support, family offenses, and matrimonial matters, criminal and family law appeals, immigration cases, civil litigation, parole and clemency maters, name change cases, and elder law matters. Ms. Sheinfeld also provides monthly family law advice at three separate clinics – at the New York City Family Courts, through the Family Court Volunteer Lawyers Project; at the Manhattan Family Justice Center, through collaboration with Sanctuary for Families; and at Taconic Correctional Facility, through the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project, facilitated by Volunteers of Legal Services.
Ms. Sheinfeld previously worked as a Family Law Director at Sanctuary for Families, where she oversaw the practices in the Bronx and Manhattan Family Justice Centers, supervised staff attorney and pro bono attorneys working on contested family court cases, carried her own caseload of family court matters, and provided legal advice to clients seeking services at the Family Justice Centers. During her time at Sanctuary for Families, Ms. Sheinfeld also facilitated numerous family law trainings.
Prior to working at Sanctuary for Families, Ms. Sheinfeld was a litigation associate at David Pol, during which time she worked on pro bono family court matters and supervised other associates at the firm handling similar cases.