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Gibbons Earns High Marks for Pro Bono Both Locally and Nationally


May 9, 2011

In its annual ranking of the pro bono programs of the Am Law 200 law firms, American Lawyer ranked the Gibbons pro bono platform #99. Gibbons scored ahead of 91 larger firms with more resources to allocate. Similarly, in its annual “Pro Bono Scorecard,” New Jersey Law Journal has once again given an “A” to the pro bono program at Gibbons P.C. With 199 of the firm’s attorneys clocking 11,600 pro bono hours, Gibbons has one of the most active and esteemed programs in the state.

In its summary of the state’s top pro bono programs, the publications highlighted the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, which tackles matters of cutting-edge legal importance and broad significance, and its recent focus on critical issues involving education funding, marriage equality, the death penalty, and political asylum. Gibbons balances this attention to issues of national and statewide magnitude with an equal commitment to its local communities. The firm’s traditional pro bono program serves local residents through work for charter schools; Black Youth Organization; the Boys & Girls Club; Newark housing projects for families who work in the city; military families; and prisoners reentering society. Gibbons is also a longtime contributor to Essex/Newark Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.

The firm has collectively designated its community outreach “Gibbons Cares” and donates more than $1 million annually, as well as extensive pro bono service, to these efforts. In 2010, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association bestowed on Gibbons one of its Awards for Excellence in Public Service.