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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP - Wilmington, Delaware

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Derek Abbott
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Chair
Pro Bono Contact Phone 302-351-9357
Pro Bono Contact Email
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year 1%
Average Hours per Attorney last year 39

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 29
Percent of partners participating last year 24
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 40

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 88
Average hours per partner last year 31
Average hours per other lawyer last year 12
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 32
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 1814
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? Generally, Morris Nichols defines pro bono work as the provision of legal services to members of our community that otherwise would not be able to afford legal help.
Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? It shows their drive to help the community

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): An attorney who coordinates pro bono projects as an ancillary duty to other work
Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed? The pro bono chair typically solicits firm wide for matters that need staffing and attorneys are able to choose the cases that are attractive to them. In addition, the attorneys are encouraged to identify and engage with agencies and organizations that foster pro bono help in our community in areas of the law that interest them. Similarly, attorneys sometimes identify a need and propose working the case, to the pro bono chair. Absent a conflict, such requests are typically granted.
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) Pro Bono Committee
Department Chair

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): Externships
If so please describe N/A

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.) Pro bono is a significant part of our firm culture and participation is strongly encouraged. Many of the attorneys at Morris Nichols participate in a wide range of community service agencies, including serving on the boards of directors of the Community Legal Aid Society, American Civil Liberties Union, YMCA, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Special Olympics, and Goodwill of Delaware, to name just a few. MNAT® attorneys are also the leaders of many of the administrative arms of the Delaware Courts, including the Board of Bar Examiners and the Rules Committees of the Courts, as well as many important committees of the Delaware Bar Association. Morris Nichols has received numerous awards and special recognition for its Pro Bono work including the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, The Delaware State Bar Association Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, the Delaware State Bar Association Community Service Award and an official tribute from the Office of the Governor.
What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year? Veterans' rights, assisting low-income, elderly and disabled persons in matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, will drafting, child custody cases, civil protection from abuse hearings and serving as guardians ad litem for children involved in a variety of Family Court Proceedings. Morris Nichols lawyers have also served in leadership positions in two of the three primary pro bono legal services agencies in Delaware – Community Legal Aid Society and Delaware Volunteer Legal Services. The firm also participates in the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.

Fellowship sponsorship

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