Pro Bono

Great values are the bedrock of a great law firm. Weil’s Pro Bono practice implements the Firm’s deeply held belief that contributing to the legal representation of the less fortunate and unjustly treated in our society is among the highest values a law firm can hold.

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Ingrained in Our Culture

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.

Demonstrating Our Commitment

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 900,000 hours of pro bono work and has had a meaningful effect on thousands of lives.

Our Finest Hours

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; eliminating the Innocence Project’s backlog of more than 7,000 prisoner requests for assistance and pressing for the release of those wrongfully convicted of crimes; assisting victims of domestic violence and human trafficking; and upholding the First Amendment right to religious freedom. It is for good reason that we call the time we spend on pro bono work "our finest hours." 

Global Reach

Our pro bono efforts extend across our offices in the United States and well beyond. Weil attorneys from Miami to Silicon Valley and London to Warsaw donate their time, skill, and energy to improving the lives of fellow citizens in their own cities. They support an array of not-for-profit organizations, many of which work to redress legal wrongs and ameliorate humanitarian problems well beyond their own national borders. Each year Weil holds a Pro Bono Week to highlight and galvanize these efforts in every office.

Not-for-Profit Practice Group

Weil’s leadership position and longstanding expertise in counseling not-for-profit organizations is overseen and marshalled by the Firm’s Not-for-Profit Practice Group. Founded in 2006, the Group consists of Weil lawyers, from a wide cross-section of practice areas, each having extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations.

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Pro Bono Department

Kate Barry, Pro Bono Manager
+1 646 728 4355

Marie Brocato, Pro Bono Assistant
+1 212 833 3104

Miriam Buhl, Pro Bono Counsel
+1 212 310 8056

Debra Hall, Senior Pro Bono Coordinator
+1 212 833 3562

Robert Powell, Head of Pro Bono & CSR Administration, London
+44 (20) 7903 1248

Key Contacts

Buhl

Miriam A. Buhl

Pro Bono Counsel

New York


Ed Gander

Ed Gander

Co-Chair

London


Steven A. Reiss

Steven A. Reiss

Co-Chair

New York


Jared Friedmann

Jared R. Friedmann

Vice-Chair

New York


Kate Barry

Kate Barry

Pro Bono Manager

New York


Marie Brocato

Pro Bono Assistant

New York


Debra Hall

Debra Hall

Senior Pro Bono Coordinator

New York


Robert Powell

Robert Powell

Head of Pro Bono & CSR Administration, London

London

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Pro Bono Annual
View the 2019 Pro Bono Annual Review

Many Weil attorneys and paralegals dedicated 50 hours or more to pro bono service in 2018:
View the list of 50-Hour Plus Performers.

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