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John H. Pickering Award

This award is given in honor of the late John H. Pickering, a distinguished appellate attorney and leader in the legal profession who was equally well-known for his extraordinary commitment to pro bono and public interest law. PBI presents the award in conjunction with his law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale), and the Pickering family to honor a law firm for its outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services.

Law firms recognized have:

  • signed the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, committing to contribute either 3% or 5% of total billable hours to pro bono legal services
  • met or exceeded the Challenge performance goals, including participation by partners and senior-level lawyers in pro bono legal services
  • devoted a majority of their pro bono time to serving low-income individuals and families
  • engaged in time-intensive, impact pro bono work
  • created or expanded new pro bono opportunities within their community
  • cultivated meaningful relationships with legal services providers and pro bono organizations
  • achieved active and visible support of firm leaders for pro bono

2021
O’Melveny & Myers

2020
Ropes & Gray

2019
Goodwin Procter

2018
Covington & Burling

2017
Kirkland & Ellis

2016
White & Case

2015
Sidley Austin

2014
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

2013
Alston & Bird

2012
Latham & Watkins

2011
Morrison & Foerster

2010
DLA Piper

2009
Hunton & Williams

2008
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

2007
Arnold & Porter

2006
Jenner & Block

2005
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr