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Three Texas law firms that devoted a significant number of hours to immigration issues and  helping people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are ranked among the top 100 firms listed in The American Lawyer’s 2018 Pro Bono Scorecard.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld did the most domestic pro bono work in 2017, landing in the 27th spot —well ahead of two other BigTex firms also on the list. Baker Botts came in 70th among 130 AmLaw 200 firms that reported pro bono information to The American Lawyer, and Vinson & Elkins took the 95th spot in the ranking for U.S. pro bono work.

Like firms around the country, the three Texas firms devoted pro bono time to issues stemming from Trump Administration policies, such as the travel ban on people from majority-Muslim countries, asylum cases and funding for the Legal Services Corp. But lawyers from the three firms also mobilized to provide legal assistance to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Lone Star State in late August and resulted in massive flooding.

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Brenda Sapino Jeffreys

Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys covers the business of law in Texas. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @BrendaSJeffreys

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