Pro Bono Work
DLA Piper's commitment to pro bono is unparalleled, and every lawyer is expected to make a serious and sustained commitment to pro bono work. Keep reading to learn about some of our projects, and visit our Pro Bono website and New Perimeter website to learn more.
- Our global staff donated 221,000 hours to pro bono and community engagement work.
- Our North American lawyers and staff donated more than 131,000 hours to pro bono and community engagement work.
- Our North American lawyers donated 112,000 hours to legal pro bono work.
- We are consistently ranked by The American Lawyer as one of the top 25 firms for pro bono performance.
Advancing Education's Promise
Advancing Education’s Promise (AEP) is our first national signature project that spans all practice groups and offices in the US. AEP is based on four components: Promise Neighborhoods, Head Start organizations, special education and other student, family and nonprofit support.
"DLA Piper is able to leverage its footprint to create large-scale projects that have a nationwide impact. The firm’s Advancing Education’s Promise program allows me to advocate for children with disabilities while sharpening my litigation and negotiation skills."
Serving Those Who Serve Our Country
Through Serving Those Who Serve Our Country, we assist veterans with disability benefits, records expungement, advice and referrals through legal clinics and legal education courses to entrepreneurial veterans.
"Doing pro bono work is rewarding in itself. However, working with veterans, who have given so much of themselves for our country, takes the pro bono experience to new level."
The fight against hunger has been a focus of our legal activities, nationwide food drives and holiday giving across our offices since 1988. Our ongoing support of numerous food banks, Feeding America and the Global Foodbanking Network has positively impacted the fight against hunger worldwide.
"As DLA Piper has grown geographically, so has our commitment to food banking. I have been amazed and pleased that so many of our colleagues have taken up the fight against hunger, locally and globally, with so much generosity and dedication."
Access to Justice
An overwhelming demand exists for civil legal services. According to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), 50 percent of eligible potential clients requesting assistance from LSC grantees were turned away for lack of adequate program resources. We are serving as a consultant to LSC to determine ways to expand its capabilities.
"Our firm’s support of pro bono work is amazing. I am able to step out of my daily role as a litigator and think differently and creatively, helping the Legal Services Corporation on a national pro bono project of great significance. Such opportunities are so rewarding, both professionally and personally."
Every year, millions of crimes are committed against men and women by their intimate partners.
We are committed to preventing and to helping victims of these crimes.
"It is extremely rewarding to represent victims of intimate partner violence. Clients in those cases come to you when they are most vulnerable and truly need someone to guide them through the legal process."
Women's Rights – New Perimeter
Women’s rights and gender equality are a key focus for New Perimeter, the firm’s global pro bono initiative. Research has shown that empowering women is an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty, within nations and globally.
"The collaborative approach that New Perimeter takes with respect to global issues and problem solving can be applied to any legal practice, especially as the economy becomes more global."
Legal Education – New Perimeter
Supporting strong, capable legal professionals around the world is crucial to the rule of law and access to justice for all individuals and for educating coming generations of lawyers. This is especially important in post-conflict and developing countries.
"New Perimeter's teaching program with Mexico Appleseed was a fantastic and truly rewarding opportunity to interact with local law students and lawyers, as well as DLA Piper's immensely experienced pro bono team, in spreading a pro bono culture in Mexican law firms and law schools."