Pro Bono & Community
Pro Bono Practice
The scope and breadth of our pro bono practice is as varied as our work for paying clients. From affordable housing to voting rights, and nearly every issue in between, the passions of our individual lawyers drive our pro bono caseload. We handle high impact litigation matters as well as provide basic legal services to the poor. We also counsel nonprofit organizations on a variety of matters like formation, mergers, intellectual property, real estate, and tax. Both the firm and individual attorneys regularly receive community recognition for these efforts and we constantly strive to grow our pro bono program further.
Pro Bono Fellowship Programs
Pillsbury supports a number of fellowships to advance social justice. We sponsor fellowships for recent law graduates to work with neighborhood public interest organizations and community groups in Washington, DC, and California through Equal Justice Works. The firm also sponsors the Stimson Fellowship, which allows our incoming associates the opportunity to spend a year at a public service organization. Recent recipients of these fellowships have focused on cases advocating for the homeless and the developmentally disabled, providing information on workplace rights to immigrants, and coordinating youth employment law projects. We also offer a mid-level associate fellowship program which allows some of our most promising talent to spend half their time on pro bono matters for a year and work on significant projects with a public interest organization of their choosing.
In Our Communities
While pro bono legal counsel is obviously our most valuable public service, the people at Pillsbury serve in other ways as well through volunteer activities and charitable contributions. We participate in hundreds of community service activities annually—from coaching high school mock trial teams, walking 10Ks to raise money for medical research, rebuilding playgrounds, mentoring underprivileged children and collecting business clothing, winter coats or food in charity drives. Pillsbury's community outreach efforts are organized both by our individual offices responding to the unique needs of their local areas and as firm-wide initiatives. Through this approach, we support a large and diverse set of causes. We also donate to numerous organizations both through our local office charitable initiatives and through Pillsbury Foundation.
Community and Professional Service
Our lawyers are active supporters of the legal profession and contributors to their communities. Many write and lecture on legal topics, participate as judges in moot court programs, and serve as leaders in national, state and local bar associations. Others act as judges pro tem in small claims court, arbitrators in federal court, or participate on panels to resolve attorney fee disputes or disciplinary proceedings. Our lawyers also advise and serve on boards of numerous hospitals, educational institutions and charitable organizations.