We push each other to ever-greater pro bono service.
From representing international refugees fleeing persecution to helping low-income entrepreneurs launch a business, we give our time and skills to ensure equal access to justice. In fact, we have a partner dedicated to connecting our lawyers to opportunities for pro bono service. As a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge©, Nixon Peabody has committed to spending more than 3% of our time on pro bono.
Our pro bono program has many touch points. We are involved with many societal issues ranging from reducing gun violence to preventing racial profiling and ensuring diversity in education. We partner with clients providing pro bono service, often serving side-by-side with them. We develop community-minded lawyers of the future by getting all of our summer associates involved in pro bono projects. And some of our attorneys tap their backgrounds and contacts in government to contribute pro bono service at the policy level—shaping legislation that addresses tomorrow’s challenges.
At Nixon Peabody, we give billable credit for pro bono work and recognize our lawyers’ achievements through an awards program and at evaluation time. We believe our time giving back is time well spent.
Nixon Peabody’s 2015 pro bono numbers
- 45.5 average pro bono hours per lawyer
- 3.2% of our billable time to pro bono
- 29,739 attorney pro bono hours
- 84% attorney participation in pro bono
- Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) Volunteer Lawyers Project Champions for Justice (2016)
- New Hampshire Bar Foundation Robert E, Kirby Award (2016)
- Learning Rights Law Center Champion of Education Award (2016)
- City & State’s The Responsible 100 Award (2015)
- Lawyers Alliance Cornerstone Award (2015)
- Accountability Counsel’s Partner-in-Justice Award (2015)
- San Francisco Bar Justice & Diversity Center Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service (2015)
- City & State’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Populations (2015)
- Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year (2015)
- New York’s Law, Consulting & Business Services Award (2015)
- Louis J. Lefkowitz Pubic Service Award (2015)
- Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year (2015)
- Volunteer Legal Services Project NYSBA Attorney Emeritus Award (2014)
- New York City Bar Justice Center Pro Bono Award (2014)
- NHCLU’s Bill of Rights Award (2014)
- LGBT Advocacy Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California (2014)
- William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award (2014)
- NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 7th District (2014)
- Legal Services for Children Pro Bono Leadership Award (2014)
- PAIR Outstanding Pro Bono Mentor Award (2014)
- NHBA Distinguished Service to the Public Award (2014)
- 70 NP lawyers honored as Empire State Counsel for pro bono service by the NYSBA (2014)
- Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Corporate Partner Award (2013)
- Rita Bourgeois Leadership Award (2013)
- REACH Pro Bono Award (2013)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law Award for Pro Bono (2013)
- CASA de Maryland Social Justice Award (2013)
- Pro Bono Award, United States District Court for the Western District of New York State (2012)
- Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award (2012)
- Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award (2012)
- NYC Bar Association Jeremy G. Epstein Pro Bono Award (2012)
- NYLJ “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” (2012)
- LCAV Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution Award (2012)
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Allegiance Award (2012)
- Legal Counsel for the Elderly Pro Bono Award (2012)
- WBASNY Hanna S Cohn Pro Bono Award (2012)
- 2012 William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award (2012)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in Pro Bono Award (2012)
- Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Pro Bono Award (2012)
- Rochester’s 29th Annual Arts Award (2012)
- MCC hosts Valor Day for ‘One Team One Fight'
The Daily Record | June 21, 2016
This article discusses the Valor Day fair for veterans and active/reserve duty members of the Armed Forces. Rochester commercial litigation counsel Kevin Saunders is quoted and highlighted as a co-founder of the One Team One Fight initiative, which provides a one-stop resource for veterans seeking help with legal issues. Rochester associate Isaac Figueras is also mentioned as a volunteer.
- N.H. Supreme Court to decide whether child abuse cases can be made public
Concord Monitor | April 6, 2016
Manchester partner Dan Deane is noted in this article as counsel for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The coverage notes efforts by attorneys representing the adoptive parents of two children who were victims in a highly publicized sexual abuse case before the state Supreme Court in their effort to make their lawsuit public. CASA and the state Division of Children, Youth and Families are arguing to keep confidential information identifying the children under seal to protect their anonymity.
- Q&A: Phil Eil on His Battle to Get Evidence from a 2011 Drug Trial
Rhode Island Public Radio | March 14, 2016
Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are mentioned in this radio show Q&A for their pro bono work in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on behalf of a local journalist.