Nixon Peabody attorneys and staff have a rich history of supporting the communities in which we live, beginning from our founding days when William Rodman Peabody advised all new lawyers to give one-third of their time to public service. The firm’s strong commitment to helping others continues through our expanding pro bono initiative. As a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge©, Nixon Peabody uses its best efforts to “annually contribute, at a minimum, an amount of time equal to three percent of the firm’s total billable hours or 60 hours per attorney to pro bono work.” For the last three years, we have met this challenge.
From representing refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries and helping women to obtain orders of protection against their abusers to helping low-income micro-entrepreneurs get their struggling businesses off the ground, our contributions are many and diverse. Nixon Peabody has partnered with several clients to carry out joint pro bono efforts. We also offer a pro bono program for all our summer associates. Pro bono success stories are featured regularly in the firm’s pro bono newsletter, Time Well Spent.
Nixon Peabody’s pro bono initiative is overseen by a firmwide Pro Bono Partner. The Pro Bono Committee, comprised of partners and associates from most offices, has established guidelines that provide for, among other things, full billable hour credit for pro bono work. All lawyers are evaluated on their pro bono commitment, and attorneys who complete more than 100 hours of pro bono work are awarded with a Peabody Award.
Nixon Peabody’s 2012 pro bono numbers
- 64 pro bono hours per attorney
- 4.4% of billable hours spent doing pro bono
- 35,044 total attorney pro bono hours
- 39,817 total pro bono hours firmwide (includes contributions of paralegals, professional specialists, and staff)
- Demand for Legal Civil Service Swells
Long Island Business News | January 25, 2013
In this feature article focused on law firm pro bono service, pro bono partner Stacey Slater discusses the importance of pro bono service provided by our Long Island office attorneys.
- Honor Roll
Buffalo News | December 9, 2012
This coverage notes that Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith received a Pro Bono Award at the 2012 Western District Federal Court Dinner for his work representing an inmate at Wende Correctional Facility, who alleged various claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Lawyers Alliance Honors Pro Bono
New York Law Journal | November 16, 2012
New York City Real Estate partner David Portal and New York Real Estate associate Joann Moolsintong are among the Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award honorees presented in recognition of pro bono service to nonprofit groups.