Pro Bono

  • Biglaw, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Simpson Thacher Public Interest Fellows Not Welcomed Back?

    A few weeks ago, we reported on how Dewey & LeBoeuf was being less than enthusiastic in welcoming back to the firm some participants in DL Pursuits, its year-long sabbatical program. Dewey might not be alone in treating its returnees in this way. Simpson Thacher — widely regarded as having invented the public interest fellowship […]

    58 Comments / / Jun 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM
  • Books, Crime, Prisons, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Unbillable Hours: A True Story

    Ian Graham is the author of Unbillable Hours: A True Story, which was published earlier this month. The book is a memoir of Graham’s time at Latham & Watkins, where he spent about five years as a litigation associate. Unbillable Hours is not, however, a Latham exposé (which I’d eagerly read, by the way). Rather, […]

    67 Comments / / May 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM
  • Biglaw, Deferral Stipend, Pro Bono

    How Many Firms Will Continue To Pay For A Pro Bono Year?

    The “pro bono year” is to Biglaw what a “study abroad program” is to most American universities: a time for reflection, exposure to new things, and a more relaxed pace. It was a necessity born of the recession. Firms did not have enough work to go around; they didn’t want to lose perfectly good employees, […]

    20 Comments / / May 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM
  • Deferral Stipend, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Sidebar-Plus Associates Heading Back to Skadden

    Over a year ago, Skadden announced its Sidebar Plus program. Skadden gave associates the option to take a one-year deferral, for one-third of their Skadden salary. All indications suggest that the program was a huge success. Skadden received so many volunteers that it had to turn some people away. Skadden associates received varied and interesting […]

    38 Comments / / Apr 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM
  • Guantanamo Bay, Litigatrix, Pro Bono, Public Interest, War on Terror

    Is Paul Weiss in Bed With Terrorists?
    Leading law firm attacked in controversial WSJ op-ed.

    During the past year, pro bono programs got an unexpected boost from the recession when firms like Skadden offered stipends to their deferred associates who took public interest jobs. On the flip side, associates who escaped layoffs at their firm probably felt some pressure to devote themselves to billable work to the exclusion of pro […]

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM
  • Pro Bono

    Pillsbury Gets Pilloried for Pro Bono Work in San Francisco

    Biglaw firms do pro bono work for all sorts of reasons: to “give back to the community,” to give associates varied legal experience, for reputational reasons, and for that warm, fuzzy feeling we all get helping those less fortunate. Usually pro bono work makes for good press. But not always. Pillsbury Winthrop got a good […]

    55 Comments / / Jan 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM
  • Skadden Fellowship Foundation

    Biglaw, Boalt Hall, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Congratulations to the Newest Class of Skadden Fellows

    In addition to being one of the world’s most successful law firms, Skadden is also a public-spirited one. The firm just donated $100,000 to Haiti relief efforts, for example. (More on that later.) In addition, the firm supports public interest work through the Skadden Fellowship Program: The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described as “a legal Peace […]

    32 Comments / / Jan 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM
  • Disasters / Emergencies, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Paul Hastings Helps Out Haitians

    Large law firms have a track record of stepping up to the plate and providing aid when major disasters strike. For example, back in spring 2008, several leading law firms made sizable donations to support China earthquake relief efforts. Last night, a major earthquake — the worst in the region in more than 200 years, […]

    106 Comments / / Jan 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Associate Bonus Watch: Simpson Shares the Wealth with Public Service Fellows

    Here’s a bit of surprising good news, from a source at Simpson Thacher: Thought that STB should get its props for the (completely unexpected) notice that those on the public service fellowships will receive a pro-rated portion of the bonus that their individual class years received. Not bad, considering that normally not being employed at […]

    28 Comments / / Dec 16, 2009 at 11:20 AM
  • 11th Circuit, Death Penalty, Pro Bono, Screw-Ups

    Sullivan & Cromwell’s Life-or-Death Mistake?
    Leading law firm blows deadline in death penalty case.

    Plenty of law schools talk about producing attorneys who are able to serve their community. But a new program at the University of Miami School of Law actually puts a little bit of money behind the commitment to public service. Time magazine featured the school’s new Foreclosure Defense Fellowship this weekend (gavel bang: ABA Journal). […]

    52 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  • Boutique Law Firms, Plaintiffs Firms, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Ted Frank

    The Class Action Avenger: Ted Frank’s Cool New Job

    Some class action settlements are highly questionable. Think of a case where, say, the victimized consumers get a stupid coupon, so they can purchase even more goods or services from the company that victimized them — while the lawyers representing the plaintiffs walk away with a big payday. One man is out to change all […]

    60 Comments / / Aug 10, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  • Guantanamo Bay, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Much Better Than Document Review: Bingham Associate Testifies Before Congress

    We like to highlight examples of Biglaw associates who get to do especially interesting or high-profile work. E.g., Lindsay Harrison, the Jenner & Block associate who argued a case — and won — before the U.S. Supreme Court. Most lawyers tuned in to Congress yesterday were listening to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings (even if […]

    59 Comments / / Jul 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Deferral Stipend, Job Searches, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Paging Deferred Associates — and the Organizations Who Love Them

    We’ve received countless requests for shout-outs from worthy non-profit organizations that are seeking deferred associates and/or associates on leave from their law firms (pursuant to such programs as Skadden’s Sidebar program, Dewey’s DL Pursuits, etc.). Alas, due to the sheer number of these requests, we can’t mention them all on the main ATL homepage (which […]

    / Jun 3, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  • Pro Bono, Public Interest, Summer Associates

    Skadden Offers a Voluntary Deferral Option

    Is there not enough to go around, even at Skadden? Maybe so. The firm just sent around an internal email announcing the expansion of the firm’s “Sidebar” program. For the uninitiated, a tipster describes the Sidebar program: Sidebar allows attorneys to take extended time from the Firm to pursue personal interests while maintaining a connection […]

    214 Comments / / Mar 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM
  • Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Dealing with the Downturn: Simpson Thacher’s Public Service Program

    How should law firms respond to the recession? As reflected in the dramatic events of yesterday, which will go down in Biglaw history as the Valentine’s Day Massacre of 2009, lawyer layoffs are a common route. But there are other options. We recently wrote about how unemployed (or underemployed) lawyers can do pro bono work […]

    115 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  • Job Searches, Pro Bono, Public Interest

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