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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Miami, Florida

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name T. Clark Weymouth
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Partner
Pro Bono Contact Phone 202.637.8633
Pro Bono Contact Email
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Office-specific
% Firm Billable Hours last year
Average Hours per Attorney last year 66

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 100%
Percent of partners participating last year 100%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 100%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 95
Average hours per partner last year 42
Average hours per other lawyer last year 31
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 85% (US Offices Lawyers Only)
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 87,864 hours (US Offices Lawyers Only)
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work? We follow the definition used by the Pro Bono Institute.
Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No

Attorney pro bono goals

Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? Yes
If yes, what is that annual goal? Attorneys in our US offices are expected to devote at least 20 hours annually.


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? The quality of pro bono work is evaluated, and demonstrated commitment to pro bono is a positive factor.

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations? No.
Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
Non-attorney administrator
Other: 4.5 associates who work full time on pro bono matters.
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed? Individual lawyers may propose pro bono matters. We ask all lawyers to complete a survey about their pro bono interests, so the Pro Bono practice group can solicit appropriate volunteers as matters and needs arise. Pro bono opportunities also are generated at the office and practice group level. The annual goal for the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by lawyers are the hours recommended by the lawyer's local bar or court, but suggested to be at least 20 hours.
If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Other: Pro Bono Partner

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Other
If so please describe US associates who achieve at least 1,850 billable hours during a compensation year receive billable-hour credit for an unlimited number of pro bono hours. US associates who achieve 1,800-1,849 billable hours during a compensation year receive billable-hour credit for up to 100 pro bono hours. Additionally, we have a Pro Bono Fellowship Program through which associates can receive full billable-hour credit for particularly high-impact pro bono matters. We budget 5,000 hours annually to support the work of associates on such matters, in addition to the usual billable-hour credit that is provided. Finally, the firm chooses one associate to serve as the full-time “pro bono associate” for an 18-month term, and allows several junior associates to rotate in the pro bono department for 4-month terms.

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.) We go beyond talking about good citizenship at Hogan Lovells – we live it every day. We invest our time, talents, and resources in our communities and across the globe. We take the call to good citizenship seriously, and we’re proud to see our collective dedication making a real difference in the lives of others. The awards and recognitions we earned in 2016 are a testament to our success and commitment to our neighbors in need:

• The National Law Journal named us to its 2016 Pro Bono Hot List for our representation of former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean, a pro bono client, in his landmark victory before the Supreme Court.
• We won CAIR Coalition’s Law Firm of the Year Award for our work fighting the impact of deportation and detention on noncitizen girls and women.
• We received Sanctuary for Families’ Above and Beyond Award in recognition of our representation and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related gender-based violence.
• We earned the Pro Bono Partnership Champion Award for our long history of working to strengthen nonprofits in New York and the surrounding areas so they can better serve their communities.
• DC Appleseed recognized our pro bono contributions to gun safety at its annual awards reception.
• The Homeless Persons Representation Project counted Hogan Lovells among its top volunteers, honoring us with its Outstanding Law Firm or Company Award. We partner with client and award co-recipient Lockheed Martin Corp. to fund an Equal Justice Works fellowship at HPRP.
• We received a Firm Voice Award from the Network for Victim Recovery of DC. We earned the award for our work in challenging court orders that required medical providers to turn over the records of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
• We’ve been named a Champion of Justice by the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project for our dedicated and outspoken advocacy for domestic violence victims and their children.
• The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus named us as a 2016 Legal Honoree for our involvement in the Legal Action Project.
• For the 11th consecutive year, the Pro Bono Committee of the District of Columbia's federal courts recognized our Washington, D.C. office for its performance as a "40 at 50" office, in which at least 40 percent of lawyers performed 50 or more hours of pro bono work.
• The John Carroll Society honored us with its Pro Bono Legal Service Award for our commitment to pro bono work through the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington.
• Our Colorado Springs office received a Law Day award from the El Paso County Bar Association for its participation in the “Call a Lawyer” program.
• The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless honored Lance Murashige with its Lois G. Williams Extraordinary Service Award for consistently going above and beyond in supporting and furthering its mission and vision.
• The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland honored Andrea Trento with its 2016 Distinguished Volunteer Maryland Pro Bono Service Award.
• The New York State Bar Association recognized our commitment to pro bono, naming Hogan Lovells a "silver honoree" for completing over 20,000 hours of pro bono service.

In 2015, we launched a firmwide policy asking each of our 6,000+ colleagues to devote at least 25 of their regular work hours to Citizenship activities every year. On the heels of that new program, we introduced the Empowering Girls and Women Initiative. We ask our people to focus a significant portion of their Citizenship time on ending gender-based violence, improving educational opportunities for girls, and supporting female employment and entrepreneurship. We’ve pledged work valued at more than US$16 million to organizations that are improving the lives of women and girls.
What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year? We devote tens of thousands of hours every year to pro bono matters, working together to bring about change. We use our legal skills to help those fleeing persecution and violence, the homeless and hungry, victims of human trafficking, and other underserved populations. Along with our focus on girls and women, we tackled a number of significant matters in 2016, including a few examples below:

We worked with a pro bono client and local counsel in Kenya to structure the world’s first securitization of off-grid solar power. In doing so, we helped thousands of Kenyans access reliable and affordable electricity for the first time and built a model that could transform energy – and lives – in developing nations.

We found a solutions-oriented partner in pro bono client Persistent Energy Capital LLC. Together, we created a scalable financial structure that utilizes solar equipment receivables to secure investor notes – the first off-grid solar securitization. This paved the way for alternative and affordable financing for investment in installment sales of solar panels in Kenya.

Securitization, in this instance, enables potential investors to evaluate the credit quality of a pool of consumers who rely on solar panels in their day-to-day lives. This innovative work lays the foundation for future clean energy securitizations and promotes scalability.

Individual homes in Kenya can now be equipped with individual solar energy systems. The project created immediate results: 2,500 customer contracts in the Homa Bay area were securitized in the first transaction. Other solar companies are attempting similar projects. This confirms what we had hoped – the financing structure can be replicated to help expand the availability of renewable energy to those living off-grid around the world.

Amid the tumultuous 2016 U.S. election season, we did our part to uphold democracy. Through the nonpartisan Election Protection program of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, our lawyers and paralegals spent more than 325 hours manning telephone hotlines, providing guidance, information, and help to any American who experienced difficulties in relation to voting.

We also left our mark in Maine, where voters passed a referendum that gives them more choice in the way they elect their leaders. The landmark initiative implements ranked-choice voting (RCV) in elections for state legislators and statewide positions, including U.S. Congressional seats and the Governor’s office. Maine is the first U.S. jurisdiction to implement RCV on a statewide basis.

RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. By taking alternative voter preferences into account, RCV more accurately reflects the will of the voters, discourages negative campaigning, and minimizes the “lesser of two evils” approach to voting.

We provided legal analysis confirming the legality of RCV under both the Maine and U.S. Constitutions on behalf of FairVote, and we continue to support FairVote’s initiatives to improve electoral systems across the country.

These projects helped to support the democratic process by helping to maintain fair, open, and legal elections, and as a result encapsulated our commitment to pro bono work.

Together with the Mississippi Innocence Project, we represent client Curtis Flowers. Flowers is an African-American man on Mississippi’s death row who has the distinction of being the only criminal defendant in the United States to have been tried six times for the same crimes. His first three convictions were overturned for gross prosecutorial misconduct — including but not limited to egregious violations of Batson v. Kentucky — by the same district attorney who prosecuted all six cases, and the fourth and fifth trials ended in hung juries.

Our team devoted more than 2,000 hours to re-investigating the case following affirmance on direct appeal of Flowers’ sixth conviction. Through those efforts, staggering evidence of prosecutorial misconduct came to light. In March 2016, we filed a petition for post-conviction relief raising nearly a dozen claims. That petition remains pending before the Mississippi courts.

We’re also co-counseling with Baltimore defense attorney Justin Brown to represent Adnan Syed, who was granted a new trial in June 2016. Syed, profiled in the popular podcast Serial, was convicted of the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend and Woodlawn High School student Hae Min Lee. In vacating the conviction and ordering a new trial, Baltimore City Circuit Judge Martin Welch cited failures on the part of Syed’s previous lawyer as well as unreliable cell phone location data that was used to place Syed near an area where Lee was buried.

The defense of Syed is the latest addition to our long list of pro bono representations of those who have been wrongly incarcerated. The firm’s past work has led to the release of Derek Tice, whose murder conviction was based on a coerced confession; Thomas Haynesworth, who served nearly 27 years in prison after being misidentified as a serial rapist; and Johnathan Montgomery, whose accuser fabricated a story of sexual assault.

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments