Pro Bono

Morgan Lewis is committed to serving the public good. Our innovative, award-winning pro bono practice spans all of our offices around the globe. Each year, we provide more than 1,800 pro bono clients with the highest possible level of service. Our primary focus is on helping economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the communities where we live and work. We also provide legal services to nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations whose mission is to serve vulnerable individuals and communities. Our lawyers use their time and skills to ensure access to justice for people who otherwise could not afford it.

Morgan Lewis has long treated pro bono hours as billable, and we recognize and reward lawyers who have achieved success in pro bono representations. We expect every eligible lawyer to annually contribute at least 20 hours to pro bono representations. In fiscal year 2018, 99.9% of our lawyers met that goal while 100% of our lawyers billed some pro bono time. In total, our lawyers contributed more than 117,000 hours to pro bono representations in fiscal year 2018, an average of more than 67 hours per lawyer.

We encourage all of our lawyers to become involved with public service at the earliest stages of their careers. Our summer associates regularly work on ongoing pro bono representations, and we encourage first-year associates to take on a pro bono case when they start. We also partner with many of our clients on limited-scope clinics and full representations.