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At Jenner & Block, our lawyers are called to serve. Participation in public service is expected, not just accepted. Pro bono is an important part of our history and an ongoing priority for the firm. It’s in our DNA. Our dedication to public service is supported at all levels of the firm and our partners lead by example, handling numerous pro bono cases, participating in the organized bar and serving their communities.
A commitment to public service is at the core of our values and mission as a firm. We are a firm with a conscience, and serving our community is an obligation and a privilege of every lawyer at Jenner & Block. We recognize, encourage and support our people in their efforts to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. These activities also provide our lawyers with outstanding and challenging career opportunities.
Jenner & Block lawyers dedicate their time to pro bono work in a broad range of areas from human rights and civil liberties matters to death penalty challenges. We are proud to provide litigation and transactional assistance to hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals each year. Our steadfast commitment is reflected in numerous ways including the numbers. In 2014, Jenner & Block lawyers worked an average of 130.5 pro bono hours per lawyer.
How We Rank
For many years, Jenner & Block’s pro bono program has been ranked in the top 10 in the United States, and we’ve received the number one ranking seven times from The American Lawyer. Our pro bono commitment has also been recognized by many respected organizations.
Read more about the awards and recognition Jenner & Block has received for its pro bono and public service efforts.
The Benefits of Giving Back
Our long tradition of public and community service offers benefits for both our clients and our lawyers. While participating in pro bono work, our associates acquire new skills that ultimately benefit our clients. Service to the bar helps our lawyers at all levels develop contacts and expand their networks. But ultimately, we make public service a priority because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Giving back and working to improve the lives of people all over the world is something we are called to do.
The Heart of the Matter
Jenner & Block publishes a pro bono and community service newsletter called The Heart of the Matter. It highlights examples of litigation and transactional pro bono work our lawyers perform for organizations and individuals. It also recognizes lawyers’ contributions through bar leadership and community involvement.