Our clients have great expectations, and so do we. We believe that everyone should have equal access to the justice system. While our dedication is evident from the hours we commit every year to an extraordinary number of diverse pro bono projects, what you can't see from the statistics is the pride we take in helping worthy individuals and groups receive the justice they had only dared to imagine.
Equal access to legal services is a basic right too often denied ordinary citizens. We believe it is our duty—both as lawyers and as human beings—to address this inequity any way we can.
Our lawyers argue vigorously for a wide range of worthy causes. We defend immigrants who have fled terror and abuse in their home countries. We advocate for families that want to adopt children mired in the foster care system. We also advise not-for-profit organizations and small businesses nationwide—handling real estate transactions, protecting intellectual property, and providing corporate, employment, tax, regulatory, and legislative services.
While most of this work is referred to us by legal services organizations, we also grow our own programs. Pro bono and community service projects are often driven by the initiative of our people—both lawyers and staff—whose interests and talents draw them to a particular cause.
We give pro bono matters the same attention, staffing, and resources as our other work—and we give them the same weight and credit when we evaluate our professionals. We want to ensure that all our clients get the best possible legal representation—regardless of their ability to pay.
We devote, by anyone's count, an extraordinary number of hours to pro bono projects. Our professionals and staff devote close to 25,000 hours each year to serving literally hundreds of clients who are unable to afford their legal fees. But while the hours are one thing, it's the sheer dedication that goes into those hours that we are most proud of.
Simply put, pro bono is part of our culture.