Debevoise & Plimpton
Pro Bono Institute® (PBI®) is proud to present the 2022 John H. Pickering Award, in conjunction with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale) and the Pickering family, to Debevoise & Plimpton in recognition of the firm’s outstanding institutional commitment to pro bono and the inspiring pro bono performance of its attorneys and staff.
Debevoise, a member of PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project® and a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, has been a long-time leader in pro bono.
The firm’s commitment to providing outstanding client service extends beyond its commercial work, to its neighborhoods, communities, and beyond. Pro bono work has been central to Debevoise’s culture since its founding in 1931. For decades, the firm has focused on narrowing the justice gap by helping underserved and vulnerable communities tackle social problems and solve complex legal issues. The firm’s pro bono practice has three main goals: to provide legal representation to people who could not otherwise afford it, to strengthen the communities in which we live and work, and to protect civil liberties and public rights in the U.S. and around the world.
Debevoise lawyers in all practice groups provide legal representation for clients in hundreds of pro bono matters each year. Debevoise’s pro bono work ranges from significant civil rights and economic equity issues in the United States and around the world to individual representations. The firm’s lawyers represent not-for-profit organizations and low-income small businesses in a full spectrum of legal issues and represent individuals in a range of matters including immigration applications, family law, housing court, and the criminal justice system.
In 2021, the firm’s lawyers in the U.S. provided over 70,000 hours of free legal services to individuals, nonprofit organizations and low-income entrepreneurs.
The firm’s recent significant pro bono achievements include:
About the John H. Pickering Award
PBI’s 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 the public interest. 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. Read more about the award and view a list of previous recipients.