Pro Bono Week is here, and Paladin is thrilled to kick off the celebration by shining a spotlight on three remarkable law firms that are making a difference through their exceptional pro bono programs. This year, we caught up with Clifford Chance, Quarles & Brady, and Dentons to learn more about their inspiring efforts to provide legal services to those in need.
In the spirit of Pro Bono Week, we reached out to these firms and asked them a series of questions about their pro bono programs, the impact they’ve made, and what motivates them to inspire their attorneys to give back to their communities. Each firm’s commitment to pro bono work is a testament to the legal profession’s dedication to justice, equality, and making the world a better place.
Clifford Chance harnesses the skills and expertise of its people, often delivered alongside grant funding from the Clifford Chance Foundation, to deliver positive and sustainable action in the communities around the world where they do business. Clifford Chance works in long-term partnerships with some of the world’s leading NGOs and civil society organizations in order to maximize impact.
We sat down with Celeste Koeleveld, the firm’s US Pro Bono Counsel, to discuss her experience in the pro bono space, as well as trends and insights she has noticed across the field.
Read more about Clifford Chance’s commitment to pro bono here.
Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, spanning dozens of countries and hundreds of offices. With a strong dedication to pro bono work, Dentons lawyers and professionals have provided meaningful legal advice to charitable, religious, civic, community, government and educational organizations in furtherance of their organizational service to working with NGOs, nonprofits and social enterprises to provide much-needed legal assistance to low-income individuals and marginalized communities—veterans in distress, people with disabilities, asylum seekers, incarcerated individuals, domestic violence survivors, and victims of racial, religious, age, and gender and sexual orientation discrimination—whom they serve through legal clinics, one-on-one counseling or, if appropriate, class actions and appellate representation.
Ben Weinberg (Dentons Pro Bono Partner) sat down with us to share a bit about his background and experience in the pro bono space, as well as the firm’s commitment to serving those in need of legal services.
Read more about Dentons experience with and commitment to pro bono here.
Quarles & Brady
Quarles & Brady partners with community organizations, law schools, civil legal aid providers and clients to deliver creative and innovative pro bono assistance and solutions. Quarles’ enduring commitment to pro bono service is grounded in the belief that they have an obligation to help those in need and to address the justice gap in this country. But this work comes with invaluable rewards: The feeling you get when you’ve made a meaningful difference in the life of someone who had nowhere else to turn.