“Faster, higher, stronger,” may be the Olympic creed, but it could also serve as the battle cry of the law firms on our 2016 Pro Bono Hotlist. Lawyers volunteered their services to fight for voting rights, for veterans and to protect free speech across the globe. They bolstered efforts against human trafficking, advocated for prisoners, for students and for transgender people seeking health care. These are their stories.
Chadbourne & Parke
Firm Buoys Anti-Trafficking Mission
Carey Child, senior counsel to Chadbourne & Parke, was performing his duties as treasurer for his sons’ high school crew team when another parent said a Fairfax County, Virginia-based task force against human trafficking needed some legal expertise.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Team Posts Win Over Conversion Therapy
Partner Jim Bromley led a team of attorneys to win a unanimous jury verdict over a firm that promised to convert young gay men to heterosexuality through “conversion therapy.”
Leading Legislative Reform on Truancy
Led by Austin of counsel Courtney Stewart, DLA Piper attorneys helped lead a legislative reform effort that resulted in the state of Texas decriminalizing truancy.
A Whistleblower’s Advocate at SCOTUS
In January 2015, Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal secured a 7-2 win at the U.S. Supreme Court for former federal air marshal and whistleblower Robert MacLean.
Jenner & Block
Fighting for Upgraded Discharges for Vets
Jenner & Block partner Jeremy Creelan was watching “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” one night in the spring of 2014 when he was struck by a tragic catch-22 spotlighted in a segment.
Kirkland & Ellis
Firm Guards Voting Rights in Vital Case
When the North Carolina NAACP and the Advancement Project challenged a North Carolina law imposing some of the most restrictive voting requirements in the nation, Kirk­land & Ellis stepped up to provide heavy-hitting litigation support.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Firm Seeks Clemency For Death Row Inmate
California hasn’t executed a prisoner since 2006. But since then, and for two years before, an Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe lawyer has devoted thousands of hours to the case of one man on the state’s death row.
Protecting Free Speech Worldwide
With the issue of free speech in mind, Paul Hastings teamed up with Paris-based advocacy group Reporters Without Borders to create the “Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers.”
Team Nets Win For Transgender Patients
In a case of first impression, Robins Kaplan got a significant court ruling clarifying that the ACA’s civil rights protections extend to transgender individuals seeking medical care.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Ending Solitary Confinement in Calif.
Solitary confinement has become a hot topic for debate nationwide, especially after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy spotlighted it as exacting “a terrible price” from inmates, physically and mentally, in a June 2015 opinion.