Reporting season for the 20177 calendar year is now open. We have emailed unique survey links to all Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories, so be sure to check your spam filter if you did not receive yours. The deadline for reporting is March 22.
Each year, Challenge Signatories provide a brief, electronic report to the Law Firm Pro Bono Project on their progress in meeting the Challenge. The individual firm data is kept confidential, but each submission provides the basis for critically important aggregate statistics about trends in law firm pro bono.
In 2016, Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories contributed:
- Approximately 4.7 million hours of pro bono service.
- Sixty-two pro bono hours per attorney.
- And average of $503,875 in charitable donations to legal services organizations per firm.
Wondering how 2017’s data matches up? Please assist us in communicating the good news about the pro bono work of law firms to our colleagues in the legal profession and to the public with your prompt submission of the electronic reporting form. Let us know about your firm’s accomplishments and news.
Since 1993, the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, administered by PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project, has served as a guidepost to assist major law firms in increasing their commitment to pro bono legal services. The Challenge principles are designed to offer institutional support and maximize the efficacy of law firm pro bono programs. The Challenge definition of pro bono has become an industry standard, utilized not only by major law firms but by the legal media in reporting the pro bono contributions of large law firms.
Interested in joining your peer firms and becoming a Challenge Signatory? Firms with 50 or more lawyers are welcome to join the Challenge at any point in the year and are given a grace period before the reporting requirement kicks in. Please contact Law Firm Project Assistant Elysse DeRita for more information on becoming a Signatory and a leader in law firm pro bono.