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Directory Year: 2022

Duane Morris LLP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Katharyn I. Christian McGee, Esq.
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Counsel
Pro Bono Contact Phone 215-979-1879
Pro Bono Contact Email [email protected]
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Office-specific
% Firm Billable Hours last year N/A only calculate for Firmwide; 2.8% Firmwide billable hours
Average Hours per Attorney last year 51

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 93%
Percent of partners participating last year 87%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 75%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 45
Average hours per partner last year 33
Average hours per other lawyer last year 151
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 53%
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 11,048 (all Philadelphia attorneys and staff)
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?

The firm's definition of pro bono conforms to the Pro Bono Institute's definition of pro bono.

Organization pro bono hours goals

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? Yes
If yes, what is that annual goal? We are working towards achieving 100 percent of attorneys performing 20 or more pro bono hours annually.

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? The firm encourages all attorneys to perform 50 pro bono hours annually with an expectation that all attorneys perform a minimum of 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? Work on pro bono matters is included in annual associate evaluations in the same manner as fee work.

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?

The firm treats pro bono matters the same as fee work, and, thus, the same services are available for pro bono matters.

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): Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

The firm encourages attorneys to work on issues about which they are passionate and address issues important to their local communities. The Pro Bono Partner, Pro Bono Counsel and local coordinators help find appropriate projects for attorneys based on their interests, skills and professional development goals.

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 Coordinator
Pro Bono Committee
Department Chair
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):

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.)

The firm provides pro bono orientation to all summer associates and involves each summer associate in a pro bono project. The firm also participates in summer associate pro bono events and projects managed by local public interest organizations.

What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

Criminal justice reform and post-conviction relief (prisoner civil rights, clemency, expungement/vacatur, innocence claims); immigration (asylum, VAWA, U-Visa, refugee, citizenship); non-profit corporate governance, employment and business law; intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright); child advocacy; elder law; landlord/tenant; election protection; arts; veteran advocacy (discharge upgrade, service-connected benefits).

Fellowship sponsorship

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