Economic Downturn Didn’t Lead to Pro Bono ‘Nosedive’ After All
Posted Jul 8, 2010 4:30 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Pro bono continues to thrive at the nation’s top law firms, despite the economic downturn.
Some had feared a “nosedive” in pro bono hours in 2009, but it didn’t happen, the American Lawyer reports. Instead, the top 200 law firms collectively devoted 5.7 million hours to pro bono work last year, a 2 percent increase.
That’s a more moderate hike than the double-digit increases of the past, the story says, but it’s welcome news to pro bono advocates. Ninety-nine law firms had increases in pro bono hours while 80 had declines.
A separate chart lists the top pro bono firms. They are:
1) Jenner & Block
2) Arnold & Porter
4) Covington & Burling
5) Latham & Watkins
In a separate story, the American Lawyer profiles the five law firms with the biggest increases in pro bono scores over a five-year period. They are:
1) Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
3) Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ceresi
4) Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
5) Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe