Pro Bono

Morgan Lewis is committed serving the public good. Our innovative, award-winning pro bono practice spans all of our offices around the globe. Each year, we provide more than 1,500 pro bono clients with the highest possible level of service. We have provided legal services to many hundreds of non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and we have changed the lives of thousands of individuals who otherwise would not have had access to representation.

Morgan Lewis expects every lawyer in the firm to contribute at least 20 hours to pro bono representation every year. We have long treated pro bono hours as billable, and we recognize and reward lawyers who have achieved success in pro bono representations. In fiscal year 2016, the firm contributed more than 99,000 hours to pro bono representations, which is an average of more than 58 hours per lawyer.

Morgan Lewis is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, pledging to spend at least 3% of our billable hours each year on pro bono matters.

We encourage all of our lawyers to become involved with public service at the earliest stages of their careers. Our summer associates regularly work on ongoing pro bono representations and many choose to spend up to four weeks of their summer at a legal services organization through our Community Experience program.

Our innovative office pro bono committee structure allows lawyers in each office to shape the local practice. Our 17 office pro bono committees are each led by a partner chair and an associate vice-chair. With the support and direction of pro bono partner Amanda Smith and the pro bono team, the committees serve as the internal and external face of our pro bono program in their jurisdictions. The chairs of these committees together comprise our firmwide pro bono committee, which advises firm management on pro bono strategy and policy.