Great values are the bedrock of a great law firm.
Weil’s commitment to pro bono work is deeply ingrained in our culture. We believe that it is our obligation to volunteer our skills to those who would otherwise face severe challenges as victims of injustice or abuse without legal representation. As economic difficulties exacerbate the problem of unequal access to quality legal representation, the need is as great as ever, and we continue to respond to it. Along with helping individual clients, Weil considers it essential to assist groups that work on behalf of the public to address issues of economic and social justice.
The importance Weil places on providing these services to the community is demonstrated by our goal of having all lawyers at the Firm perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year. Toward that end, every partner is expected to work on a pro bono matter every year, and every new attorney – including lateral partners – is required to take on a pro bono matter. During the past decade, Weil has performed more than 800,000 hours of pro bono work and has had a meaningful effect on thousands of lives.
We are privileged to have institutional clients that share our commitment and actively work with us on initiatives in a number of areas, including criminal justice reform, human rights, community and economic development, children’s welfare, civil and constitutional rights, health and environmental issues, and asylum and immigration. This past year, our combined efforts – and the skill, dedication, energy, and empathy of Weil attorneys – again led to outcomes that transformed lives. These included winning asylum for those persecuted in their home countries; protecting the rights of thousands of tenants on the brink of homelessness; pressing for the release of those wrongfully convicted of crimes; protecting the right to vote from unwarranted state interference; and supporting the search for solutions to the world’s ecological problems. It is for good reason that we call the time we spend on pro bono work “our finest hours.”