Dechert Recognized Among Top 10 Law Firms for Pro Bono Work by The American Lawyer
June 28, 2012
Dechert News Release
Dechert has been recognized among the top 10 U.S. law firms for pro bono work in The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Survey, an annual report which rates the nation’s 200 highest grossing law firms based on their level of pro bono activity. The report measures the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer as well as the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work.
“Dechert has a long tradition of doing terrific pro bono work. It’s part of what we stand for,” said Andrew J. Levander, chair of the firm’s Policy Committee. “This honor is proof of the firm’s commitment to be a socially responsible law firm, both in the United States and around the world.”
In 2011, Dechert lawyers averaged 101.4 hours of pro bono work, with 92.8% completing more than 20 pro bono hours. Suzanne Turner, chair of the firm’s Pro Bono practice, was also noted for her groundbreaking efforts to increase pro bono work globally, including roundtables she has convened for U.S. and U.K. firms in Munich, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong since 2007.
“In many parts of the world, including the United States, the legal needs of the poor continue to go unmet,” said Turner. “Dechert’s pro bono program aspires to play a role in narrowing that justice gap and ensuring that individuals and organizations, who otherwise would not be able to afford a lawyer, receive legal assistance.”
Recent Dechert pro bono successes include securing a settlement on behalf of voting rights groups and individuals in Georgia for the state’s failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act; achieving a class action settlement on behalf of inmates in Passaic County, NJ to correct unconstitutional and inhumane conditions at the Passaic County Jail; launching private investment funds on behalf of the Eleos Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in and partners with social entrepreneurs to help eradicate poverty in developing nations; and reuniting an Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. military with her two sons as part of a partnership with the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies.