Pro Bono & Community
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. While we handle high impact litigation, our pro bono practice centers on providing 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. To read more about some of our most recent pro bono matters, please download the latest issue of the CSR Update.
Pro Bono Fellowship Programs
Pillsbury sponsors a number of fellowships to support equal access to justice. We support Equal Justice Works, an organization that pairs recent law school graduates with public interest law, and we sponsor fellowships through Equal Justice that serve neighborhoods and community groups in Washington, DC, and California. The firm also sponsors the Stimson Fellowship, which allows incoming associates the opportunity to spend a year at a public service organization. Recipients of these fellowships—named after one of the firm's founding fathers, Henry Stimson—focus on cases to advocate for the homeless and the developmentally disabled, provide information on workplace rights to immigrants, and coordinate youth employment law projects.
In Our Communities
While legal counsel is our most valuable service, the people at Pillsbury serve in other ways as well. Volunteer work, charitable contributions and community participation are significant expressions of service by our lawyers, professional staff, and our family and friends. We participate in hundreds of community service activities annually—from coaching high school mock trial teams, walking 10Ks to raise money for medical research, volunteering to rebuild playgrounds, mentoring underprivileged children and collecting business clothing, winter coats or food in charity drives. Pillsbury's community outreach are organized by our individual offices responding to the unique needs of their local areas. 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 the community. Many write and lecture on legal topics, participate as judges in moot court programs, and serve as leaders in the 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.