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Gibbons Earns High Marks for Pro Bono in National Survey


July 26, 2012

The Gibbons Pro Bono Program has earned a ranking of 64th nationwide in The American Lawyer’s list of the Am Law 200 law firms by pro bono score. This ranking is determined by the overall number of pro bono hours, average pro bono hours per lawyer, and the percentage of lawyers with more than 20 hours.

With a total of 11,640 pro bono hours, and 39.8% of its attorneys providing more than 20 hours of pro bono work, the firm has continued its commitment to supporting the communities it serves through legal assistance.

“Gibbons and its attorneys are committed to ‘Doing Good While Doing Well,’” stated Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm. “We give back in part by donating legal services to organizations that help support the communities in which we work and live.”

One component of the firm’s pro bono platform is the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, which devotes two attorneys to tackling cutting-edge legal matters. Recently the Fellowship has focused 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. For the second year in a row, the firm sponsored a Wills for Heroes program to provide free wills, living wills, and power of attorney documents to Essex County first responders. The firm also continues its longstanding and unwavering participation in other pro bono endeavors, particularly in northern New Jersey including 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.