Posted Jul 06, 2009 01:54 pm CDT
Jenner & Block is the top pro bono law firm, according to a new survey of lawyer hours devoted to free legal services.
Jenner & Block was top-ranked by American Lawyer for two years in a row, according to a law firm press release. The average time devoted to pro bono was 169.5 hours per lawyer, the highest of any law firm. Nearly 91 percent of the firm’s lawyers contributed at least 20 hours to pro bono matters.
The American Lawyer ranked the nation’s top 200 law firms based on their devotion to pro bono services for legal groups or individuals who couldn’t afford to pay for the legal work. Half of the score is from the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer, and the other half represents the percentage of lawyers who do more than 20 hours of pro bono work.
Jenner & Block pro bono lawyers helped about 20 people obtain asylum in the United States over the last two years. A Jenner associate, Lindsay Harrison, took a pro bono case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, winning a favorable ruling on behalf of an asylum seeker from Cameroon.
Here are the top five law firms on the American Lawyer list:
Jenner & Block
Latham & Watkins
Arnold & Porter