Pro Bono News

Ranking the Firms: 2007 Pro Bono

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Excerpt: "This chart lists the nation's 200 highest-grossing firms, ranked by their pro bono score on the most recent Am Law 200 survey. Half of the score comes from the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer, while the other half represents the percentage of lawyers who perform more than 20 hours of pro bono work. Calculations are based on U.S. offices only. We define pro bono as legal services donated to organizations or individuals that could not otherwise afford them. We do not include work done by paralegals or summer associates, nor time spent on bar association work, on nonlegal work for charities, or on boards of nonprofit organizations. Only work that protects civil or public rights or addresses the needs of people with limited means qualifies as pro bono for these purposes. A score of 0 indicates that pro bono numbers were not submitted."