August 01, 2012
Weil, Gotshal & Manges was ranked among the top 20 US law firms in The American Lawyer’s 2012 Pro Bono Survey, the results of which were released today.
The survey measures the average annual number of pro bono hours worked per lawyer and the percentage of lawyers performing more than 20 hours of pro bono work at the top 200 US law firms. In 2011, Weil’s US offices averaged 82 pro bono hours per lawyer and more than 73% of the firm’s US lawyers performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work each.
Weil has long been committed to providing pro bono service to the communities in which it resides The firm maintains the goal that 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 within his or her first two years at the firm.
Weil’s lawyers are engaged in a wide variety of pro bono cases, 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. The firm also maintains externship programs through which full-time associates can work exclusively on pro bono matters with leading public service and charitable organizations, such as The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice Program, the Lawyers Alliance for NY, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and the Washington, DC Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
In 2011 Weil received notable recognition from numerous charitable and pro bono organizations, including:
- City Bar Justice Center
- Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
- DC Appleseed Foundation
- Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
- The Legal Aid Society of New York
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- New York State Bar Association