The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
January 6, 2012

Hot Off the Press

PBI is delighted to have again worked with The National Law Journal in its yearly effort to showcase significant and noteworthy pro bono efforts.  Our staff members regularly coordinate with media outlets as part of our commitment to spotlight successful pro bono initiatives.

The January 2 issue of The NLJ recognized a number of Signatories to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® and Members of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project for their inspiring and impactful pro bono initiatives: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP*† (reparations for Holocaust survivors); Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP*† (protection against police profiling);  Hogan Lovells*†(justice for a Syrian human rights activist); Jenner & Block LLP*† (redemption for a falsely accused inmate); Kirkland & Ellis LLP*† (aid for charter schools fighting to open their doors);  Morrison & Foerster LLP*† (litigating on behalf of gay soldiers effected by Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell); Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP*† (defending the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, including at the U.S. Supreme Court);  Ropes & Gray LLP† (exoneration for the “West Memphis Three”); and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP*† (litigating violations of the First Amendment’s establishment clause and  the boundaries of the limits of prayer at public school events).

These particular pro bono efforts are deserving of attention and praise for making an impact, being strategic, and tackling underlying legal issues to mitigate systemic problems and effectuate meaningful change.  Indeed, at a time of economic uncertainty, it is especially heartening and notable to see these firms (and many of their peers) making significant commitments of resources to undertake major pro bono matters.  Keep on the lookout for many of these and similar pro bono efforts which will be highlighted in our programs at the 2012 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  Please join us at the Conference in March to continue the celebration and dialogue about these and other worthy pro bono endeavors.

* denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®
† denotes a Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project