Pro Bono at Quarles & Brady
We are extremely proud to provide pro bono representation to many members of our communities who can least afford legal services. Last year, Quarles & Brady lawyers recorded more than 18,500 pro bono hours with 85 percent of those hours devoted to more than 350 indigent persons and 150 organizations that serve indigent persons. Representative partners in our pro bono work include:
- Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic.
- Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.
- Dane County Family Court Assistance Project.
- Volunteer Lawyers Program of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
- Legal Aid Service of Collier County.
- Volunteer Lawyers Program of Maricopa County.
- Bay Area Legal Services.
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyer Program.
- Volunteer Lawyer Program of Pima County.
We are an enthusiastic signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, administered by the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project (of which we are a member). We have “challenged” ourselves to contribute, at a minimum, an amount of time equal to three percent of the firm’s total billable hours, or 60 hours per attorney, to pro bono work. Additionally illustrating our commitment to the “challenge,” we offer the unique distinction of providing hour-for-hour credit to our attorneys, against their required annual hours worked for the firm, for their pro bono service to indigent persons. Attorneys from all of our offices take part in the Challenge.
Because of our firmwide dedication to pro bono services:
- In our 2011 fiscal year, Quarles & Brady lawyers recorded the equivalent of approximately nine full-time lawyers to pro bono matters.
- Firm attorneys averaged 42 pro bono hours for the fiscal year.
- We opened 225 new pro bono files in fiscal year 2011 and, including our clinic work, served approximately 350 individuals and 90 organizations.
- We ranked 22nd nationally in the Best Pro Bono Program category, according to the influential VAULT survey.
- In the last three years, 20 Quarles & Brady lawyers have won awards and recognition for their pro bono work.