Pro Bono Contact
|Pro Bono Contact Name||Laura K. Tuell|
|Pro Bono Contact Title||Firmwide Pro Bono Partner|
|Pro Bono Contact Phone||202-879-7648|
|Pro Bono Contact Email||[email protected]|
|Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office?||Firm-wide|
|% Firm Billable Hours last year|
|Average Hours per Attorney last year|
Pro Bono Participation
|Percent of associates participating last year||62%|
|Percent of partners participating last year||47%|
|Percent of other lawyers participating last year||58%|
|Average hours per associate last year|
|Average hours per partner last year|
|Average hours per other lawyer last year|
|What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours?||33%|
|What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year?||130,668.78|
|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?||
Jones Day has a very broad definition of what constitutes pro bono. Our goal is to encourage our lawyers to engage in pro bono work about which they are passionate and engaged. Jones Day does not, therefore, have a strict definition of what constitutes pro bono. Instead, we are very inclusive of the various interests of our lawyers. For reporting purposes for the domestic offices, Jones Day includes only hours defined as pro bono 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|
|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?||In evaluating the professional development and performance of lawyers, the work done on all approved pro bono matters is given the same weight and consideration as client billable work for purposes of the Firm’s general evaluation of the overall professional performance and potential of lawyers.|
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?||
Pro Bono cases are treated the same as billable client cases, and all firm resources are available to support 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):||
Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
An attorney who coordinates pro bono projects as an ancillary duty to other work
Pro Bono Committee
|How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?||
There are many areas of focus in which Jones Day has designed initiatives that lawyers within the Firm may contribute including access to the rule of law for migrants, constitutional policing and civil justice reform, combating human trafficking, rule of law in Africa, veterans initiatives and combating hate crimes. In addition Jones Day lawyers undertake pro bono work in many spaces including corporate counseling, gun safety, housing, public benefits, domestic violence, and criminal justice. The Firm has relationships with nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) that excel in these areas and the Firm provides opportunities for its lawyers and staff to undertake work with these organizations on these and other topics. In addition, attorneys are strongly encouraged to develop their own working relationships with other organizations. Decisions to handle individual pro bono matters are made in the first instance by one or more lawyers wishing to take the matter on, subject to review on an office-by-office basis, to ensure appropriate supervision and ability to handle the matter with the available resources.
|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
Other: Firmwide Pro Bono Partner, and Partner- in-Charge of Pro Bono for the Office
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):||Fellowships|
|If so please describe||
Several U.S. offices sponsor associates in positions outside the Firm where they can contribute to a public interest organization on a full-time basis for extended periods before returning to Jones Day. Some examples:
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.)||
Summer associates are regularly involved in a broad range of the Firm’s pro bono work, such as participating in various legal clinics, researching and writing briefs on a variety of legal and constitutional issues for use in administrative, state, appellate, and U.S. Supreme Court proceedings, and preparing for and attending hearings and appeals. Summer associates have assisted in a variety of matters, including the representation of immigrants seeking asylum, indigent prisoners, tenants fighting against eviction, veterans seeking disability benefits, consumer fraud victims, and nonprofit organizations seeking assistance on corporate structure matters.
Jones Day has a long history of commitment to pro bono legal services, public service, and community involvement around the world. Year after year, we broaden the pro bono legal services we provide, as evidenced by the increased number of cases and projects undertaken by our lawyers and staff. Our pro bono commitments range from complex litigation matters with precedential impact to representation of needy individuals in local courts and administrative tribunals. While we work on a wide variety of legal issues, the Firm has taken particular efforts to ensure access to the rule of law for refugees, advance the rule of law governing policing in minority communities, advance the rights of veterans in need of legal services, secure the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing, and advance the rule of law, with an emphasis on human trafficking issues, in countries around the world. In addition, we provide critical services to nonprofit organizations worldwide that are committed to making a difference in areas such as economic development, women’s rights, health care, and the protection of children.
We have a full-time attorney who heads the pro bono practice and is responsible for overseeing and directing our pro bono and public service efforts worldwide and each of our offices has a designated partner-in-charge of pro bono to further develop the reach of our activities and encourage the participation of our lawyers and staff. The Firm also has a full-time attorney who heads our global community service initiatives and who spearheads the Firm’s rule of law initiatives around the world.
Jones Day also consistently engages in a wide variety of public service work. Lawyers and staff throughout the Firm tutor children, volunteer in food banks, clean and repair schools in underprivileged areas, and assist nonprofits with fundraising. Our lawyers also serve on the boards of numerous nonprofits around the world. In addition, the Jones Day Foundation provides substantial funding to a variety of compelling projects each year.
The Foundation’s mission includes promoting the rule of law, advancing civil and human rights, improving living conditions and economic opportunities for people in impoverished settings, and providing relief for people suffering from natural and other disasters. Consistent with this mission, the Foundation recently contributed $1.5 million to three humanitarian organizations working to ameliorate the tragic human consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Food Banks Federation, and USA for UNHCR. In addition, the Foundation supported numerous projects throughout the world in 2021, including:
Awards and Recognition:
Jones Day has distinguished itself by its individual leadership and concentrated commitment to various pro bono initiatives both domestically and worldwide and as such has received national recognition. In addition to the Firm being recognized for the role it plays as a whole, individual lawyers and offices also received recognition for their work in pro bono.
Below are descriptions of some awards received in 2021:
Headnotes, the Dallas Bar Association’s monthly publication, profiled Jones Day’s pro bono program in North Texas in the featured story of their December 2021 issue. The article discussed the Firm’s “long and distinguished history” of support for the Equal Access to Justice (“EAJ”) Campaign, which raises funds for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; the Firm’s Border Project, which has opened two offices on the U.S.-Mexico border staffed with Jones Day lawyers providing assistance to women, families, and unaccompanied children fleeing persecution in Central America; the Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative, in which the Firm’s lawyers work with cities, law enforcement, and local and national organizations to drive systemic policing reform; and the Firm’s efforts to detect and prevent sex trade and forced labor trafficking crimes, in addition to assisting survivors.
Jones Day’s Project Lesvos is among the eight projects selected as part of the Sodalitas Call for Future initiative, a campaign created by the Sodalitas Foundation (Fondazione Sodalitas) to make people, institutions, and especially young people aware of the strategic role of companies in Italy that are committed to achieving the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fondazione Sodalitas was founded in 1995 by Assolombarda—an association of companies operating in the City of Milan and in the provinces of Lodi, Monza, and Brianza—and a group of volunteer companies and managers, establishing itself as the first organization in Italy to promote corporate sustainability. An independent panel assembled and managed by the RUS - Network of Universities for Sustainable Development analyzed the 150 projects submitted to Sodalitas Call for Future and recognized eight of them as particularly worthy and effective in building a sustainable future. Jones Day’s Project Lesvos is the only law firm project to have received this important recognition. Firm lawyers from across Europe and the Middle East travel to Lesvos, Greece for three weeks at a time to assist refugees. They help ensure that the national, European, and international laws governing humanitarian relief are available and properly applied, particularly to women and children. In explaining their choice of Project Lesvos the judging panel said: “Jones Day lawyers assist the permanent staff of HIAS, a well-known NGO based in New York, in collecting asylum applications, in guiding asylum seekers through the asylum process, in informing them of their rights and duties and in preparing them for the first steps of the procedure for the recognition of asylum status. [The project] is consistent with the pursuit of Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda by ensuring access to justice for all by building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
Two Jones Day San Francisco office attorneys were selected by KIND’s (Kids in Need of Defense) San Francisco-Fresno office as the 2021 Pro Bono Team of the Year for going above and beyond in their assistance to unaccompanied children. KIND’s Boston office selected a Jones Day Boston office associate for their Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight for her amazing work and dedication in representing unaccompanied children in furtherance of KIND’s mission on behalf of her KIND clients. KIND is a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization devoted to the protection of unaccompanied and separated children. KIND envisions a world in which every unaccompanied child on the move has access to legal counsel and has their rights and well-being protected as they migrate alone in search of safety.
Two Jones Day Washington office partners were named to The National Law Journal’s “2021 D.C. Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the Washington, D.C. region’s 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under. The lawyers named to the list are selected by the publication’s editors because they have wielded influence in their practice areas in the D.C. area and beyond, and have demonstrated a combination of exceptional skill in litigation or transactional work and significant community impact through sustained pro bono and other public service.
A partner in Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office was interviewed by WPXI Channel 11, a local television station, about his involvement with the Alliance for Asian American Justice. The Alliance is comprised of leading Asian American lawyers, including litigation partners at nearly 90 law firms throughout the country and 21 supporting general counsel of Fortune 1000 companies. The goal of the Alliance is to leverage the pro bono resources of prominent and experienced lawyers to stand up for victims of anti-Asian violence and to help prevent future incidents of anti-Asian hate.
Fondazione Rava presented Jones Day’s Milan office with a plaque honoring the Firm for its pro bono work. The Francesca Rava Foundation helps children in difficult conditions in Italy and around the world through long distance adoptions, projects, awareness-raising activities on children’s rights, and volunteering. It is non-political, non-denominational and represents in Italy NPH and the St. Luc Foundation of Haiti.
An associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office was selected as one of Volunteer Legal Network’s Housing Program (VLN) 2021 volunteers of the year. VLN is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Minnesotans experiencing poverty with some of the top private lawyers in the state at no cost. Volunteers protect the rights and property of thousands of clients every year by advising them at legal clinics, drafting legal documents, representing them in court or otherwise supporting them in their pursuit of justice.
For more information about the pro bono work at Jones Day, please visit our website at www.jonesday.com.
|What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?||
CHICAGO OFFICE HIGHLIGHT:
Jones Day and its client AbbVie partnered to secure asylum for client SK who was imprisoned and tortured by the Eritrean government for his Pentecostal beliefs.
SK is a very devout man who found peace and hope through his Pentecostal religion. The Eritrean government, however, only recognizes select religions and heavily oppresses members of any other religious groups. While living in Eritrea, SK was imprisoned three times for his religious beliefs and subjected to violence and torture during each detention. The police never charged SK with any crime nor was he ever allowed to plead his case in court. During one particularly brutal imprisonment, officials denied SK food for days until he signed a paper denouncing his religion. After SK fled to the United States, The Eritrean government officials repeatedly visited his friends and family and warned them that he would be killed if he ever returned to Eritrea.
AbbVie and Jones Day worked diligently to prepare SK’s case for an asylum interview, submitting a legal brief and extensive supporting materials demonstrating the Eritrean government’s oppression of minority religions such as the Pentecostal Christian faith. At the interview, SK powerfully told his story through hours of questioning, leading the asylum officer to find him credible. On January 22, 2021, the asylum office found that SK had been persecuted due to his religion and granted him asylum. Due to the efforts of AbbVie and Jones Day, SK may now live and work permanently in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship.
Here are a few highlights of what has been a year of unparalleled pro bono efforts and accomplishments Firmwide.
Immigration – The Border Project:
Since the Border Project began in 2014, over 1,500 lawyers from across the Firm have contributed to the Project, which has helped over 15,000 migrants access justice. Through December 2021, attorneys worked 423,603 hours on the Firm’s Border Project efforts. The Project also involves partnerships with multiple NGOs and corporate clients. This collaboration between the private bar, private business, and the NGO community to provide representation in remote and unserved areas on the border is the first-of-its-kind endeavor. Jones Day is committed to continuing, and expanding, this groundbreaking pro bono effort to ensure access to justice and uphold the Rule of Law for asylum seekers.
Jones Day’s commitment extends beyond the work done in the U.S. When dangerous situations in the Middle East and Africa resulted in waves of refugees in Lesvos, Greece, Jones Day deployed lawyers from across Europe and the Middle East to legal centers in Lesvos to help ensure that the laws governing humanitarian relief are available and properly applied to refugees, particularly women and children.
Lesvos is the first point of contact with the EU for many refugees seeking asylum in the EU. There is a critical need for lawyers to provide in depth legal counselling and support to refugees to ensure their protection in the EU. This project allows lawyers to partner with Jones Day and HIAS lawyers. Founded in 1881, HIAS is a US-based Jewish NGO, assisting refugees across the world. HIAS specializes in refugee protection and provides legal counselling and aid to refugees. This Project allows lawyers to make a valuable contribution on the ground providing direct assistance to vulnerable refugees. More than 20 lawyers have dedicated over 2,800 hours to this project.
Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform (“CPR”) Initiative:
Jones Day is actively involved in numerous cities across the country including Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. Jones Day has dedicated 28,375.70 hours to this Initiative.
As part of that work, Jones Day lawyers across all the domestic offices have undertaken critical representations of survivors of human trafficking as part of the Firm’s Post-Conviction Relief Initiative for Survivors of Human Trafficking. These efforts include assisting victims in expunging criminal convictions, resulting from their being trafficked, from their records, victims of child pornography in obtaining restitution to which they are entitled, and migrant victims obtaining immigration status.
Jones Day is leading the effort to create a compendium of all the laws of each country in the world related to human trafficking and human slavery. With input from stakeholders across the world, Jones Day has identified a strong need for the development of a global compendium of key human trafficking and modern slavery laws. Currently, there is no standardized collection of laws and regulations relevant to human trafficking on a country-by-country basis. This compendium will serve as an invaluable resource for NGOs, governments, and the private sector as they work in their spheres to combat trafficking and protect survivors.
In addition, Jones Day, with the American Hospital Association, created the first-ever diagnostic codes for human trafficking and actively engages in national efforts to train health care organizations in their use. Jones Day transactional lawyers provide structural counsel to anti-trafficking organizations, and the Firm’s data and privacy lawyers work with financial institutions and government agencies to facilitate procedures related to detecting human trafficking. Finally, with support from the Jones Day Foundation, the Firm worked with the City of Houston to launch the Ten-Ten Initiative, which provides public awareness / preparedness training to U.S. cities.
Hate Crimes Task Force:
Jones Day also spearheaded and sponsored the launch of the Eradicate Hate Global Summit, the first annual of which was held on October 18-20, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Summit was founded to foster the development and implementation of rule-of-law initiatives to counter hate around the world. This event will occur annually near the date of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. The Summit will bring together the top extremism experts in the world from government, law enforcement, platform companies, academia, and NGOs to focus on targeted solutions to better identify, interdict and counter extremism and hate speech, including that occurring online.
Africa Rule of Law:
Consistent with this mission, Jones Day lawyers around the globe are actively engaged in pro bono efforts to advance the rule of law in Africa. Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.), who joined Jones Day after her distinguished service as a United States federal district and appellate court judge, heads our efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa. Long devoted to advancing the rule of law, especially in Africa, she has led programs in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The pro bono work of Jones Day’s Rule of Law in Africa Initiative is focused in the following areas:
Veterans Issues (VetLex):
VetLex is the first national and centralized resource designed to provide legal service referrals to veterans. The VetLex platform connects veterans in need of legal assistance with the resources best equipped to help them. Jones Day conducts outreach to law schools, industry, and others to marshal service providers through VetLex.
Jones Day also provides pro bono services to individual veterans in matters including benefits claims appeals, and discharge upgrades. In multiple cases, the Firm has successfully challenged the VA’s disability ratings decisions, allowing the individual to receive the appropriate in compensation and accompanying benefits. Firm lawyers also provided pro bono resources supporting the shutdown of one of the largest veteran scam programs in the country. In addition, Jones Day lawyers create and participate in clinics, community activities, workshops, and seminars supporting veterans.
In addition to pro bono work, lawyers and staff across the Firm undertake a wide variety of public service activities to help their local community, including mentoring children, volunteering in food banks, cleaning and repairing schools in underprivileged areas, and assisting nonprofits with fundraising. Additionally, many Jones Day lawyers also volunteer a great deal of time to the mission of legal service organizations by serving on their board of directors.
For more information about the pro bono work at Jones Day, please visit our website at www.jonesday.com.
|Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships?||No|
|Public Interest Fellowship Comments||
We participate in fund-raising activities that support public interest fellowship and Equal Justice Foundation programs.