2009 Pro Bono Package

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The Am Law Pro Bono 100
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Going In Deep

The cases are as diverse as the firms. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher advised an Olympic caliber windsurfer in a dispute with U.S. Sailing. Chadbourne & Parke helped a Colombian woman reunite with her 9-year-old daughter. Boies, Schiller & Flexner spent more than 7,000 pro bono hours on litigation to force the state of Florida to provide health care for poor kids. Shearman & Sterling continues its multiyear effort to act as the de facto clerk at the Rwanda genocide trials (the firm has devoted roughly 40,000 hours to the cause).

Our first Am Law Pro Bono 100 project takes an in depth look at firms’ pro bono matters. We ranked the firms based on their pro bono scores. (Half of the score comes from the average pro bono hours per lawyer; the other half represents the percentage of lawyers who perform more than 20 hours of pro bono work.) Then we talked to each of the top 100 firms about one particular cause they worked on in 2008. To read their stories, click on the firm names in the list below.

The Top 100 Pro Bono Firms

Pro Bono Reports 2009

Overview: Recession-Proof? As a group, the nation's 200 highest-grossing firms devoted more hours to pro bono than ever in 2008.
For Whose Good? Pro bono programs too often stress quantity over quality and easy wins over social impact, argues Stanford professor Rhode.
Projects: Six Pro Bono Matters Up From The Rubble: Robins, Kaplan leads a complex fight to obtain damages for victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse.
A Hidden Housing Crisis A year after the launch of an innovative program to encourage foreclosure work in New York, there are few takers.
Change of Venue Plenty of lawyers put their hearts into their pro bono work, but few have gone as far as Dewey's Alan Howard.
Mexican Revolution Energized by stints at Am Law 200 firms, lawyers in Mexico are pioneering a pro bono culture of their own.
The Marriage Broker The fight for gay marriage in Iowa changed the nation's legal landscape—and one lawyer's worldview.
Franchise Players In last year's general election, Am Law 200 firms took lead roles in protecting the right to vote.
Unmet Needs This Web-only feature examines areas of unmet pro bono needs, including representing military personnel at home and abroad, helping litigants in family court, and assisting the rural poor.
The Pro Bono Report 2009: Ranking the Firms We ranked the nation's 200 highest-grossing firms according to their pro bono score.

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