As law firms continue to expand their services globally, so too have their pro bono programs, with lawyers volunteering in 2014 to help with immigration matters, natural disaster relief and human trafficking cases. Last year also brought plenty of pro bono opportunities stateside. Attorneys devoted their time to gun control cases, voter identification laws, free speech issues, abortion rights and same-sex marriage cases.
Arnold & Porter
A Firm Commitment to Voters’ Access
Two significant voter-identification wins in 2014 mark the firm’s commitment to voter access.
Chadbourne & Parke
Compelled to Help Immigrant Children
Since 2005, the firm has funded a fellowship at The Door, a youth advocacy nonprofit that helps them seek legal status.
Crowell & Moring
Clemency Victories Keep Adding Up
Every time partner Tim Means wins a clemency case, he feels he should quit while he’s ahead. But each time, he takes yet another case.
Farella Braun + Martel
Tough Opponents to Gun Rights Groups
San Francisco partner Rod Thompson’s support of gun control dates to law school, when a friend subletting his apartment was gunned down by the building caretaker.
Jenner & Block
Finance Partner Helps Rwandans
A recent project in Rwanda gave the firm and New York corporate finance partner Patrick Trostle a chance to break new ground with their deal-making skills.
Kirkland & Ellis
Marriage Equality’s Roller-Coaster Ride
A team of Kirkland attorneys has spent close to five years working with the nonprofit Lambda Legal to secure marriage equality in Illinois.
Morrison & Foerster
A Fight for Women’s Reproductive Rights
New York litigation partner J. Alexander Lawrence helped the Center for Reproductive Rights wage a multicourt battle against a restrictive Texas abortion law.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Helping to Train Foes of Human Trafficking
The International Bar Association enlisted the Orrick to identify countries that would be ideal for antitrafficking training programs.
Mobile Clinic in Haiti Delivers Hope
Jayne Fleming’s trip to Haiti after its devastating January 2010 earthquake led to a humanitarian relocation project at Reed Smith that made a big push during 2014.
Eavesdropping Law’s Moment in History
Chicago litigation partner Richard O’Brien chalked up two major victories last year in their long-running fight against a punitive eavesdropping law in Illinois.