Our Pro Bono Practice

The landscape is changing. Pro bono activity has expanded from pursuing
access to justice for the poor to pursuing better systems of justice
and greater respect for human life around the world.

Numerous forces drive this change. The growing influence of public international law on humanitarian and environmental issues is undeniable. Nongovernmental bodies are becoming sophisticated players with real impact. Corporations and social venture firms are bringing the power of the private sector to bear. Governments increasingly cooperate to face cross-border problems no one state can address.

At the same time, the capabilities of global law firms and the quality of the infrastructure to deploy their services on these issues have never been greater.

Just as the legal profession has long had a duty to represent the poor, we believe global law firms have an obligation to help advance these emerging forces for change.

Our pro bono clients

Our partners, local partners and counsel who serve as pro bono leaders

Our pro bono policy

Headline news

The pro bono work of global law firms today goes well beyond the traditional representation of people of limited means. The sophistication of civil society, the demand to help emerging democracies build legal capacity, and the reach and experience of global law firms are all increasing. Firms like ours have a growing number of opportunities to help address some of the pressing challenges that make the headlines, including the devastation caused by conflicts, the difficulties of dealing with climate change, global health threats, unequal access to justice and a wide range of human rights issues.


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in Latin America

A friend of the court

Partitioned memory

The scars of battle

Constitutional fortitude

The business of building
a better world

German engineering

Poverty is not a crime