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Pro Bono Firms Lauded at 40 at 50 Breakfast!

On April 21, 2016, the judges of the District of Columbia federal courts honored a record 33 local law firms – including 21 Legal Aid Board firms – for their outstanding leadership in pro bono service and, in particular, for having at least 40% of their attorneys devote 50 or more hours in 2015 to providing free legal representation with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland – whose photograph from the event with Judge Amy Jackson and Legal Aid Executive Director Eric Angel appeared in the Washington Post – spoke eloquently about the acute need for legal services for the poor. “Without legal assistance, poor individuals and families have no real access to justice,” Chief Judge Garland said. “Without access to justice, the promise of equal justice rings hollow.”

The 33 firms being honored (Legal Aid Board firms in bold) are:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Arnold & Porter LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Duane Morris LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gilbert LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Jenner & Block
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Morrison & Foerster LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Weil
WilmerHale
Winston & Strawn

 

The event was also covered by the National Law Journal. Legal Aid Executive Director Eric Angel serves on the D.C. Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, which sponsors this annual event. We at Legal Aid congratulate these firms on this well-deserved recognition.

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