For more than 100 years, Morgan Lewis attorneys have committed their time and resources to serving the public good. Morgan Lewis has an extraordinarily diverse and innovative pro bono practice and devotes substantial resources to other community service and charitable activities.
In fiscal year 2012, Morgan Lewis lawyers contributed over 71,000 hours to pro bono representations, at a value to our pro bono clients of tens of millions of dollars and equaling an average of more than 56 hours per lawyer. We are proud of the fact that these representations span all practice groups and all Morgan Lewis offices; this past year, nearly two-thirds of the firm's attorneys billed 20 or more hours to a pro bono matter.
Morgan Lewis is a signatory of the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, and in 2013 we have again pledged to spend at least 3% of our billable hours each year on pro bono matters. We encourage our lawyers to become involved in public service at the earliest stages of their careers by treating pro bono hours as billable hours and by recognizing and rewarding associates who have achieved success in pro bono representations.
Our Pro Bono Practice strengthens our bonds to the communities in which we practice and makes a profound difference in the lives of our clients.