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Special Report: A Year of Public Service

The American Lawyer's latest survey of Big Law's pro efforts, from law firm rankings to project profiles and the state of the Justice Gap.


Illustration by Neil Webb for The American Lawyer.

Exclusive: Best Firms for Pro Bono

By Nell Gluckman

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Lamar Roberson, sentenced to life without parole for selling crack, was released earlier this year (Photo by Meghan Newsom).

Has the Clemency Project Been a Success?

By Susan Beck

Some 4,000 lawyers and 70 big firms helped in this effort to commute the sentences of low-level drug offenders who've served significant prison time. But relatively few inmates have been released.

Illustration by Eva Vázquez for The American Lawyer

Downsizing Continues at Law Firm Libraries

By MP McQueen

Law libraries are phasing out print collections and reinventing themselves as sources of competitive intelligence and analytics.

Illustration by Stuart Briers for The American Lawyer

To Hire More Women, Follow These Steps

By Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio

Three "nudges" translate into tangible hiring gains.


The Workplace Bully Is a Liability

By Staff

Every company needs a policy to deal with tyrants, lawyers say—and other short reports that your clients are talking about.

Robert Reich, author of

Are Big Law Firms Wrecking Capitalism?

By Michael D. Goldhaber

A book by Robert Reich puts lawyers and their corporate clients in the crosshairs.

For Small Businesses, a Hand Up

By Zachary Melvin

Simpson Thacher, Debevoise and other firms partner with a nonprofit to foster commerce in the South Bronx.

Anti-nuclear activists Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice, and Michael Walli (Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP).

A Nun, Two Veterans and a Nuclear Facility

By Scott Flaherty

Orrick gets protesters' convictions reversed.

Help for Victims of 'Revenge Porn'

By Rebecca Blair

K&L Gates has aided more than 500 people who have discovered intimate pictures of themselves all over the Internet.

Roberta Kaplan addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments in cases relating to same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Paul Weiss Overturns Mississippi Gay Adoption Ban

By Rebecca Blair

Litigator Roberta Kaplan added another win to her growing list of gay rights victories, as a federal court ruled that Mississippi's prohibition on adoptions by gays was unconstitutional.

A third of poor children in Florida don't get adequate preventive care, a judge has ruled (Daniela Jovanovska-Hristovska/iStockphoto).

Boies Schiller Convinces Florida to Expand Medicaid Services for Kids

By Scott Flaherty

After a 10-year litigation battle, the firm won a settlement designed to help more Florida children on Medicaid get preventative care.

Some 73 million sharks are finned each year to make soup that is a Chinese delicacy (Fiscalia General del Ecuador/AP Photo)

Sharks Need Friends, Too

By Jennifer Henderson

Schiff Hardin battles the controversial practice of finning.

In Ferguson, young women gather at a vigil for victims of gun violence (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast).

Reforming Ferguson, Missouri

By MP McQueen

The efforts of Bryan Cave and Armstrong Teasdale contribute to legislative and other changes.

A North Carolina law cuts a week off of early voting and requires a photo ID (AP Photo/Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

An Election Year Fight to Preserve Voting Rights

By Zachary Melvin

Kirkland & Ellis takes the lead on a closely watched election law case in North Carolina.

A victim is helped after gunmen storm a government compound in Mazar-e-Shari, Afghanistan (AP Photo/Mustafa Najafizada).

Lending Support to Judges Under Fire

By Julie Triedman

Baker & McKenzie creates a guide to help overwhelmed judges adjudicate terror cases.

Central American refugees climb atop a train in Ixtepec, Mexico on their way to the U.S. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Jones Day, Akin Gump Help Central Americans Gain U.S. Asylum

By Julie Triedman

Both firms have launched intensive pro bono efforts to represent women and children from Central America who face deportation.

In China, Pro Bono is a Real Challenge

By Anna Zhang

That's because foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law.

Bar Talk

The Champ and His Lawyers

Muhammad Ali's attorneys recall being impressed, entertained and moved by their client.

I'll Take 'Law Firms' For $500

By Jenna Greene

Sidley and Fish get a plug on 'Jeopardy!'


Lawyers Form Craft Beverage Guild

By Jennifer Henderson

A group of lawyers who represent beermakers agreed to form the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild in May at the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

Firms Sign Up for ROSS' AI Product

By Susan Beck and Jennifer Henderson

In the latest sign that artificial intelligence may become part of Big Law practice, at least three law firms have confirmed that they’ve licensed the AI product developed by ROSS Intelligence for bankruptcy matters.

U.S. Marine base near Beirut airport, Lebanon, following a suicide truck blast that destroyed the base and caused a huge death toll on Oct. 23, 1983. (AP Photo, File)

Beirut Bombing Victims' Families Close In On Recovery

By Julie Triedman

Winning a default judgment against Iran for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut was tough enough. Then the lawyers for the plaintiffs had to collect it.


Questions About Medical Marijuana? Ask Orrick

By Nell Gluckman

in a groundbreaking pro bono partnership, the law firm teams up with a medical cannabis advocacy group.


Associates, Want To Reduce Your Student Loans? Read This.

By Kim Kleman

Firms are helping young lawyers refinance student debt. Will other companies follow?

A Vote Against Electing Judges

By Jenna Greene

Here's why: Big spenders almost always win.

The Work

Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney

Big Suits

By Scott Flaherty, Ben Hancock and Julie Triedman

Epic Systems v. Tata Consultancy Services; O'Connor v. Uber; SunEdison Chapter 11; In re VW 'Clean Diesel' Product Liability Litigation; Prosterman v. Airline Tariff Publishing.