Jenner & Block has been recognized as the No. 1 law firm in the country for pro bono service by The American Lawyer magazine in its 2014 pro bono rankings. This marks the sixth time the firm has achieved this ranking—and the fifth time the firm has done so in the past seven years. Jenner & Block previously attained the top spot in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 1998 and has placed among the leading 10 pro bono programs nationwide every year since theAmLaw survey began in 1990.
The 2014 rankings are based on pro bono hours performed in 2013. Jenner & Block obtained the top ranking through a combination of logging 175 average pro bono hours per attorney and having 87 percent of our attorneys contribute more than 20 hours to pro bono matters—100 percent of associates and approximately 72 percent of partners. Overall, Jenner & Block attorneys performed more than 79,700 hours of pro bono work in 2013—a firm record.
The American Lawyer’s July edition includes a long article (subscription may be required) describing the firm's pro bono program and noting that its 175-hour average equals a month of “save-the-world work” for every lawyer in the firm. The article quotes Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair Jeff Koppy as explaining, “It doesn’t take a lot of cajoling, because everybody buys in at Jenner & Block.” The article also spotlights Partner Reena Bajowala for her representation of tenants of Evergreen Terrace in Joliet, Illinois; the firm’s transactional work on a solar power plant in Rwanda; and the firm’s win for Nicole Harris.