D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 1, 2013

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report (Report of the 2012 Results, July 2013)


“In 2001, 41 of the District’s largest law firms joined the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative and pledged to provide pro bono legal services at specified levels. The participating firms agreed to an annual pro bono commitment of either 3% or 5% of total client hours, or alternatively, 60 or 100 hours for every lawyer in the firm, and to report their progress annually to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. These standards were created by and are used with permission from the Pro Bono Institute and modeled on the Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®. By 2009, an additional 23 firms joined the initiative, bringing the number of participating firms up to 64. As of 2012, a total of 62 firms participate in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative annually. The reporting year 2012 marked the eleventh year of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative.”

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