Latham’s German offices have developed one of the leading pro bono practices in the country. The firm's lawyers, paralegals and professional staff have participated in counseling both established and prospective charitable organizations focused on the education and support of children.
Pro bono and community outreach program highlights include:
- Advising a nonprofit organization that brings people from diverse backgrounds together and assisting them in developing social entrepreneurship
- Counseling a charitable association dedicated to assisting parents of newborns
- Providing ongoing legal advice to an expanding children’s hospital
- Helping a once-local volunteer mentor organization to become one of Germany’s leading nonprofit organizations in its field
- Working with Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Gemeinsam leben – gemeinsam lernen, a nonprofit organization supporting parents of children with disabilities, to draft a comprehensive bill seeking to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, one of the largest German states.
Latham ranks first in the provision of pro bono services in Germany, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono. The 2016 index was “compiled with data collected from over 130 law firms—both large and small—and representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries, [and it] provides a snapshot of the resources mobilised by the industry in support of social causes, while also monitoring the growth of the sector globally.”
Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities
A multi-office team of Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2016 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.