Big Law may be in it for big money, but the legal industry’s giants are making more time than ever to provide services for free. Last year marked a tipping point, with survey data showing more than half of Big Law attorneys devoted more than 20 hours to pro bono work in 2017. Not impressed? It’s the first time that threshold has been surpassed since the survey was instituted in 2000.
As The American Lawyer reported in summer, attorneys were galvanized by turbulent times, responding to everything from the Trump travel ban to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at law firms self-reported pro bono work.
The survey was conducted this year and asked firms in the Am Law 200 to calculate their pro bono hours in 2017. The chart’s graphics includes only firms that provided information on their lawyers’ pro bono work. There were 62 firms that declined to provide complete information.
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