Gibbons Pro Bono Program Ranks Among the Top in the Nation by Hours and Attorney Participation
July 25, 2013
Gibbons has earned a ranking of 64th for pro bono work among the AmLaw 200 for its Gibbons Fellowship and Gibbons Cares programs, as determined by American Lawyer magazine for its 2013 pro bono feature. With a total of 13,419 pro bono hours – an average of over 58 hours per lawyer – and 43 percent of the firm’s attorneys providing more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2012, Gibbons ranked above more than 130 larger firms with more lawyers and greater resources to dedicate to pro bono work.
“Gibbons is proud of our attorneys who continue to build on the firm’s longstanding and proud tradition of supporting our communities through volunteer legal service’” says Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.
The American Lawyer evaluated a comprehensive nomination that emphasized for 2012 the Gibbons Fellowship’s work in the areas of civil liberties and transparency in the war on terrorism; marriage equality; and Innocence Project and related post-conviction criminal defense work. Also highlighted in the nomination was Gibbons attorneys’ extensive involvement in post-Hurricane Sandy relief work, coordinated through the firm’s pro bono program.
The AmLaw rankings are based on the number of lawyers in firms’ U.S. offices as of December 31, 2012. The American Lawyer defines pro bono work as “legal services donated to organizations or individuals that could not otherwise afford them.” They do not include work done by paralegals or summer associates, nor time spent on bar association work, on non-legal work for charities, or on boards of nonprofit organizations.