November 24, 2020
Building on the strong history of pro bono service at Weil since its founding, in 2005 Weil became one of the first large law firms to formalize its pro bono program by instituting an official policy and hiring a dedicated professional staff to coordinate with legal services organizations to help those in need.
This year Weil celebrates 15 years since the Firm adopted its groundbreaking pro bono policy, which includes the goal of 50 hours per year per attorney, the expectation that every partner supervise a pro bono matter every year, and the requirement that all new attorneys ̶ regardless of seniority ̶ undertake a pro bono matter within two years of joining the Firm.
We are proud that, since then, this program has become one of the most successful in the profession, exceeding 1 million hours of service and winning every major pro bono award that can be bestowed on a law firm. Here are some highlights from the 15 years since the policy’s adoption.
We are grateful to all of our pro bono clients for the privilege of representing them over the past decade and a half, and look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration with our partner organizations.
ACLU of Texas
Advocates for International Development
Asian American Legal Defense Fund
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Brennan Center for Justice
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Reproductive Rights
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
International Refugee Assistance Project
Lawyers Alliance for New York
The Legal Aid Society
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN)
National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Pratt Center for Community Development
Public International Law & Policy Group
Roma Rights Centre
Sanctuary for Families
Start Small Think Big
Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Veteran Advocacy Project