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Pro Bono 2013: A Down Year for Doing Good

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Am Law 200 showed healthy increases in revenues and profits in 2012, but in the pro bono world, the downturn lives on. For the second consecutive year, The Am Law 200 posted drops in both total pro bono hours and average hours per lawyer. There were, however, two hints of a nascent rebound. After dropping 10.6 percent in 2011, The Am Law 200's average percentage of lawyers performing at least 20 hours of pro bono work rose 0.4 percent in 2012, to 44 percent. Additionally, 88 firms increased their pro bono scores in 2012, while 72 showed declines. The features and charts presented here offer a snapshot of he Am Law 200's pro bono commitment in 2012—who did the work and what sort of work got done, while also examining long-term changes in the nature of pro bono at large law firms.

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