October 02, 2014

Jenner & Block has been named a “Pro Bono Firm of 2014” by Law360 and profiled in an article published on October 9, 2014.  This marks the fifth time in a row that the firm has been recognized by the publication – every year since Law360 began the feature.

The article notes that, between June 2013 and June 2014, the firm logged 75,798 hours of pro bono work, an average of approximately 181 hours per attorney. 

Partner Andrew W. Vail, the firm’s Pro Bono Committee co-chair, is quoted, describing the growth of the program from its origins in the early 1950s and explaining that our attorneys largely decide for themselves what cases and projects they will work on.  “There is a firm policy that we ask attorneys to commit at least 20 hours to pro bono work, but as you see from our average of 180 hours per attorney, most of our attorneys go above and beyond that,” Andrew told Law360.

The article spotlights the firm’s role in helping to develop the largest solar energy facility in Central Africalast year, on the144-acre campus of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, noting that Partner Patrick J. Trostle and the late philanthropist Anne Heyman came up with the idea while both were working with the Clinton Global Initiative.  “As I expected, Jenner & Block thought this was a great idea,” Patrick told Law360.

The article also details the landmark settlement the firm achieved for the tenants of Section 8 housing complex Evergreen Terrace, in Joliet, Illinois, which the city planned to condemn and demolish.  Partner Reena R. Bajowala, who led the case’s litigation team, is quoted, noting that the extensive hours and resources the firm provided on this pro bono matter were “just as many resources as they would for any other case.”

In announcing the firm’s selection as one of the top pro bono firms, an earlier Law360 article also noted the firm’s successful conclusion of the Pinnacle case, with the U.S. Supreme Court denying certiorari in April, allowing a landmark settlement to take effect in support of more than 20,000 current and former residents of rent-controlled apartments in New York City, operated by Pinnacle Group.