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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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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 188

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 100%
Percent of partners participating last year 60%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 25%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 262
Average hours per partner last year 84
Average hours per other lawyer last year 21
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 74% (US Offices Lawyers Only)
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 102,539 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
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

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 U.S. 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. U.S. 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 2017 are a testament to our success and commitment to our neighbors in need:
• We received a 2017 Exceptional Service Award from the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project.
• Our Empowering Girls and Women Initiative was named Pro Bono Initiative of the Year at The Lawyer Awards and was Highly Commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers program.
• FairVote honored us with a Democracy Champion award for our work on ranked-choice voting and Represenation2020’s work on equitable representation of women in elected office, along with other pro-democracy initiatives.
• The Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service named us as their 2017 Partnership of the Year award winners.
• For the 12th 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.
• We received the American Bar Associate Rule of Law Initiative International Pro Bono Award for our efforts in combating gender-based violence in the Balkans.
• Our Denver office was recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for our “outstanding contribution and service” to pro bono endeavors.
• Appleseed honored us with a Pro Bono Partner Award for our work in updating a manual aimed at immigrants facing deportation from the United States.
• We received the Legal Advocate Award for our support of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
• The Washington Lawyers’ Committee honored us with its Outstanding Achievement Award for work on a language-access litigation matter.
• We earned three awards for helping to strengthen the policies and procedures of HavServe, a nonprofit that supports community-led development through volunteerism in Haiti.
• Our 2017 Pro Bono Report won “Best CSR Report Narrative” as presented by the American Society of Professional Communicators.

In 2015, we launched a global 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 and donations 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? Everyone deserves meaningful access to justice. We provide free legal services to people who need it most. Our lawyers devote more than 100,000 hours every year to pro bono matters, working together to bring about change.

The recent matters below highlight some of our most significant work in terms of visibility and impact, but they only scratch the surface of our work more generally to tackle today’s most pressing and critical social and legal issues.

Executive order fallout
For more than a year, our lawyers have fought to protect immigrants, refugees, dual citizens, and others whose lives remain in the balance while the U.S. travel ban has been fiercely litigated and frequently revised.

We sprang to action shortly after the first executive order was issued on 27 January. More than 20 of our people were on the ground during that first weekend at international airports in New York, Virginia, and California, offering counsel to those who had been detained. Along with immediate, on-the-ground advice, we helped two clients safely arrive at their destinations. One, a Libyan national, had been refused boarding on a connecting flight in Tunisia while traveling to the United States on a spousal visa. Another, an Iranian national who is a graduate student in the United States, was stranded in Toronto with her 1-year-old daughter.

Following the initial confusion and chaos during that first weekend, we convened an internal task force to manage our efforts, share best practices, and agree to next steps for those affected by the ban. In February, we assisted the International Refugee Assistance Project in creating a “Know Your Rights” guide for individuals affected by the bans. We’ve since updated the comprehensive guide, which interprets and applies refugee and immigration law with respect to the travel bans, each time the executive order was revised.

Building on our initial work in challenging the travel ban as unconstitutional, partner Neal Katyal has continued to represent the state of Hawaii in the matter. Neal, who recently broke Thurgood Marshall’s 50-year-old record for the most arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court by a minority lawyer, won The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Year award in part because of his staunch opposition to these executive orders.

Accountability for crimes against humanity
We’re calling for an international investigation into North Korea’s political prisons, which one judge, who survived Auschwitz, has equated to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

More than a dozen of our people devoted more than 1,300 hours alongside the International Bar Association to launch a report on the findings of an Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons. After nearly two years of inquiry, we concluded that Kim Jong-un and members of his regime should be investigated and prosecuted for committing 10 out of the 11 crimes against humanity established by the Rome Statute.

The report calls the Kim dynasty a “brutal, totalitarian regime … that has no parallel in the world today.” It details horrific brutality, including systemic abuse against pregnant women and babies. During a daylong hearing held in Washington, D.C., internationally renowned judges Navanethem "Navi" Pillay, Thomas Buergenthal, and Mark Harmon heard testimony from North Korean defectors, including a political prison guard and prison camp survivors. They provided graphic testimony of the atrocities they witnessed or were subjected to in these political prisons.

As part of the inquiry, our team conducted exhaustive research on crimes against humanity, including detailed reviews of legal opinions issued by international criminal tribunals in support of the initiative. The report calls on the United Nations to provide the International Criminal Court or a special tribunal with the jurisdiction to address these crimes.

Helping our neighbors
Our Baltimore office made a commitment alongside dozens of local partners – including more than 10 of our clients – to help strengthen the city and create opportunities for Baltimoreans. The vision behind BLocal is simple: We can achieve more collectively than we can individually. Many of the businesses involved in BLocal quantify their commitment in tangible ways – the spend on a construction project, for instance, or the number of new hires from a local zip code.

While these steps are certainly a part of our approach to the initiative, we are playing a unique role in shifting the foundation of the city’s economic landscape. And our specialized contributions earned us the Partnership of the Year award from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

We have diligently supplied volunteers for numerous criminal record expungement clinics in the Baltimore area. Publicly available criminal records, even where a person is not found guilty, can have a drastic effect on a person’s housing and employment prospects. By petitioning to expunge such records, we’re having an enormous and immediate economic and social impact on individuals’ lives.

Combatting capital punishment
In the United States, race and location play a large role in whether a prisoner will be sentenced to death. Combined with a number of other factors that have helped shift public sentiment – from cost and constitutionality to competence and actual innocence – we’ve seen a steady decline in the use of capital punishment since we began representing pro bono clients on death row three decades ago.

In recent years we’ve substantially increased our representation of those who have been sentenced to death. In 2017, we challenged lethal injection protocols in Arkansas and Nebraska and solitary confinement conditions for death row inmates in both Virginia and Louisiana. And we continue our work on behalf of Tommy Zeigler, who is one of only two Florida death row inmates whose death sentence was the result of a judge overruling a jury.

We devoted more than 3,000 hours to the Virginia and Louisiana suits, seeking to challenge those states’ policy of automatically placing all death row inmates into solitary confinement. As a result of our work in Virginia, conditions on death row have improved significantly: Inmates may shower daily, exercise daily indoors and outdoors, and see their families weekly without partitions between them.

We fought for a Texas death row inmate who, despite our best efforts, was executed on July 27. Although the team was unable to halt TaiChin Preyor’s execution, their efforts meant a great deal to Mr. Preyor and his family. In a letter he wrote to the team a few days before his execution, Mr. Preyor said: “I couldn’t afford your services … and sadly, I can’t repay your kindness, compassion, generosity, and dedication. So, either in this life or the hereafter, I will pay it forward.”

On the road to recovery
Harvey. Irma. Maria. 2017 was one of the worst years in living memory for catastrophic weather. Beyond the flooding and devastation, earthquakes and tremors shook Mexico.

weather and aftershocks may have calmed, but the impact of these events is far from over. A combination of good fortune, preparedness, and community spirit allowed our offices in Houston, Miami, and Mexico City to quickly recover. And in turn, our people were able to support the communities around them as well as those regions where we don’t have offices.

Across the entire region, we leveraged longstanding relationships with local charities to collect critical supplies, raise funds, and mobilize the extra hands and resources that were most needed. Beyond the outpouring of time and financial support, our lawyers used their legal skills to offer relief to those affected.

In Mexico, we teamed up with pro bono clearinghouses like Appleseed and the Mexican Bar Association to provide free legal advice to those that were affected by the quakes. We also developed a quick-reference legal manual about property loss to further aid residents. In Houston, we staffed legal advice clinics to assist those affect by Hurricane Harvey.

Fellowship sponsorship

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