​Pro Bono

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​Pro Bono Commitment

Pro bono work not only provides desperately needed legal services to the disadvantaged in the communities in which we live and work, it also offers rewarding opportunities for professional and personal growth.

We expect all attorneys—associates, counsel and partners—to work at least 20 pro bono hours every year. While we expect associates to maintain a proper balance between billable and pro bono time, when we evaluate each associate’s overall contribution, we value work for pro bono clients like any other client and count all associate and of counsel pro bono hours toward their billable requirement. Management considers partners' pro bono work when determining compensation. These measures emphasize Orrick’s deep commitment to pro bono work and to encourage the pro bono efforts of all our lawyers. Our pro bono program is managed by a full-time pro bono counsel who matches lawyer interest with a broad spectrum of opportunities that are publicized internally on a daily basis.

Pro Bono Approach

Orrick’s blue chip legal services are offered in the areas of greatest need, where the firm believes it can make a substantial impact. Our flexible approach encourages lawyers of all experience levels to get involved in their communities and address issues that reflect our diverse practice areas.

As a result of this strategy, Orrick was named one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2012 and 2013, placed 9th nationwide in The American Lawyer's 2014 Pro Bono Survey and was selected for The Record's elite list of the top 10 Pro Bono Achievers in Northern California. We were also selected as the 2013 inaugural pro bono law firm of the year by Who's Who Legal International. Orrick's pro bono program has been praised for the dedication of its lawyers to supporting diverse causes with tangible results—including high-profile immigration disputes, civil rights litigation and grassroots global development through an innovative impact finance initiative.

Pro Bono Service Areas

Our lawyers provide legal services without an expectation of fees to indigent clients on issues such as:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Liberties
  • Community Economic Development
  • Constitutional Law, including impact litigation
  • Consumer Debt
  • Criminal Defense and Death Penalty Cases
  • Disability
  • Education and Children's Rights
  • Elder Law
  • Employment law counseling and defense of nonprofits
  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Health
  • HIV/AIDS-Related Issues
  • Homeless Rights
  • Immigration (affirmative and defensive applications, including but not limited to asylum)
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Human Rights
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Prisoners' Rights and Reentry
  • Public International Law
  • Public Benefits
  • Social Sector Finance
  • Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
  • Tax
  • Veterans/Military
  • Wills and Estates
  • Women's Rights
Partner Legal Service Organizations
  • Advocates for Children of New York
  • Advocates for International Development
  • African Advocacy Network
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Alliance for Children's Rights
  • American Civil Liberties Union Drug Law Reform Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union Inc. Foundation
  • American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union National Capital Area
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
  • American Civil Liberties Union Women's Rights Project
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Appellate Advocates
  • Appleseed
  • Ashoka
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • Bankruptcy Court Mediation Program
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Boat People, SOS
  • BPP Law School Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic
  • Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • California Prison Focus
  • Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition
  • Catholic Charities of Newark
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Justice and Accountability
  • Center on Social Welfare Law
  • Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Children's Law Center
  • CLINIC: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Community Economic Development Project of the D.C. Bar
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Consumer Group Legal Services
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
  • D.C. Bar Community Economic Development Project
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Advice and Referral Clinic
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
  • Disability Rights Advocates
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • District Attorney of the County of New York
  • Eastern District of New York Pro Bono Panel
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Financial Services Volunteer Corps
  • Habeas Project
  • Harvard Human Rights Program
  • Harvard Law and International Development Society
  • Hastings College of Law (Homeless Legal Services)
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Ibex Earth
  • Immigration Equality
  • inMotion - Justice for all Women
  • Innocence Project
  • Kids in Need of Self Defense
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • Lambda Legal Defense Fund
  • Latino Justice
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • LawWorks
  • Lawyers' Alliance for New York
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (National)
  • Lawyers For Children
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Legal Aid of Marin County
  • Legal Aid Society of D.C.
  • Legal Aid Society of New York
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco - Employment Law Center
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • Legal Momentum
  • Legal Services for Children
  • Legal Services of Northern California
  • Legal Services Prisoners with Children
  • Litigation Assistance Partnership Project (American Bar Association)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • MFY Legal Services, Inc.
  • N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
  • National Gay Rights Advocates
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
  • New York City Bar Association - City Bar Justice Center
  • New York City Family Court Self Represented Project
  • New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
  • New York County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Bureau
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York Lawyers For The Public Interest
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
  • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program
  • Northern California Community Loan Fund
  • Northern California Innocence Program
  • Northern California Land Trust
  • Northwest Women's Law Center
  • NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
  • Office of the Public Defender, King County, Seattle
  • Office of the Public Defender, State of Maryland
  • One Justice
  • PAWS - Pets Are Wonderful Support
  • Pro Bono Institute
  • Pro Bono Partnership
  • Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County
  • Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley
  • Public Counsel
  • Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
  • PILNet
  • Public International Law & Policy Group
  • Public Justice Center
  • Public Law Center of Orange County
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  • Servicemembers' Legal Defense Network
  • Social Venture Partners
  • South Brooklyn Legal Services
  • Stanford University Law School
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • TAA Coalition Legal Appeals Center
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • TrustLaw
  • The Children's Storefront School
  • The Federalist Center Pro Bono Center
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Early Neutral Evaluator
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia Pro Bono Panel
  • United States District Court Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts Pro Bono Panel
  • University of Michigan Law School Innocence Project
  • Urban Justice Center
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Voluntary Legal Services Program (Sacramento)
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteers of Legal Services
  • Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Washington Legal Foundation
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Women's Commission for Refugees
  • Youth Business America

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