August 31, 2012

Jenner & Block has been named a “Pro Bono Firm of 2012” by  Law360 and profiled in a lengthy article on its website on August 30.  This marks the third time in a row that the Firm has been recognized by the publication – every year since Law360 began the feature.  According to the publication, this year’s series recognizes firms that continued their “devotion to pro bono work in tough times.”

The article notes that Jenner & Block’s commitment to pro bono “stretches back to the 1950s,” and that, during 2011, an average of approximately 155 hours per attorney was devoted to pro bono work.  It highlights the Firm’s successful advocacy on behalf of 22,000 New York City rent-control tenants in their class action against their landlord the Pinnacle Group; Jenner & Block’s significant role in achieving the first appellate ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management; and the Firm’s substantial involvement in the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Violence Division’s Pro Bono Representation Project.

Partner Richard F. Levy, who led Jenner & Block’s team in the Pinnacle suit, and Partner Luke C. Platzer, a key member of the Gill team, are quoted extensively, and Partner Katherine M. Rahill, who coordinates the Firm’s efforts in connection with the Domestic Violence Project, is mentioned in the feature.

Calling pro bono work “a vehicle to become better lawyers and better human beings,” Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes, Co-chair of the Jenner & Block Pro Bono Committee, told Law360, “Doing pro bono work and serving administratively to promote our pro bono work – those are both sacrifices and obligations that we’re happy to do because pro bono is important to us…We consider it part of our obligation as a business.”

In addition to Mr. Fuentes, Partners Julie M. Carpenter, Brian J. Fischer and Andrew J. Thomas also serve as co-chairs of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

To read the full text of the Law360 article, please click here