We recognize that as lawyers we have a duty to help ensure that the doors of justice are open to all, regardless of income, and that the practice of law includes the unique ability and responsibility to advocate for equal justice and provide needed representation to persons of limited means.
Latham volunteers thousands of hours of time and expertise to help those who might otherwise be denied access to the legal system.
- As a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge™, Latham has committed to provide, at minimum, the equivalent of 60 hours per US lawyer per year in pro bono legal services. The firm has surpassed this goal every year since making the commitment.
- In 2013, with more than 2,000 lawyers, paralegals, summer associates, trainees and professional staff in our offices across 14 countries participating in our program, Latham provided more than 191,000 hours of free legal services.
Since 2000, Latham has provided more than US$950 million in free legal services to the disadvantaged and the nonprofit sector, totaling more than 2.4 million pro bono hours.
We treat our pro bono work the same as commercial work, applying the same quality standards and treating associate pro bono hours the same as commercial billable hours for purposes of evaluation and bonuses. There is no cap on pro bono hours.
Latham's 2012 Pro Bono Annual Review provides a sampling of the firm's extensive pro bono efforts and accomplishments around the globe, as well as highlights of recent awards and recognition honoring our pro bono work. Latham's pro bono practice is consistently considered one of the top pro bono programs among private law firms, and is as broad and diverse as the lawyers in our firm and the communities we serve. Our accomplishments include litigation, transactional and administrative successes encompassing almost every area of public interest law.
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