July 18, 2013

Jenner & Block has once again been named among the nation’s top law firms for pro bono by American Lawyer magazine.  In its July 2013 edition, The American Lawyer ranked Jenner & Block the #2 firm in its overall rankings for pro bono efforts made during the 2012 calendar year.

The overall American Lawyer pro bono ranking is a composite score generated from a formula that considers the total number of pro bono hours per lawyer (a function of total pro bono hours across the firm) and the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono during the 2012 calendar year.  During 2012, Jenner & Block ranked #1 in average number of pro bono hours per lawyer with 161.1 hours per lawyer (more than 77,000 total hours).  Approximately 77 percent of the firm lawyers worked more than 20 hours on pro bono matters during the year.

The 77,000 hours of pro bono legal services the firm provided in 2012 covered a wide range of subject matters.  In 2012 alone, Jenner & Block won reversals of several death sentences, overturned wrongful convictions for murder and other crimes, secured a not-guilty verdict in a high-profile murder trial, vindicated the civil rights of prisoners asserting section 1983 claims, secured legal immigration status for various clients, helped women deal with domestic violence situations, won large awards in human trafficking cases, provided transactional tax and 501(c)(3) assistance to non-profits, thwarted Florida’s attempts to purge its voter lists of minorities in advance of the 2012 presidential election, and obtained many other victories for our clients. 

Pro bono work is a vital part of Jenner & Block’s history and a continuing priority as the firm approaches its centennial in 2014.  Jenner & Block’s longstanding tradition of providing legal services to those without the resources to pay for them has been recognized by The American Lawyer for decades.  The American Lawyer has ranked the firm in the top 10 nationally every year since 1990, and it has awarded the firm the No. 1 spot five times: 2012 (2011 hours), 2010 (2009 hours), 2009 (2008 hours), 2008 (2007 hours) and 1999 (1998 hours).