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Directory Year: 2022

McGuireWoods LLP - Chicago, Illinois

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Angie Zimmern
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Director and Counsel
Pro Bono Contact Phone 704-343-2163
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 1.4
Average Hours per Attorney last year 24.1

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 72.2
Percent of partners participating last year 62.2
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 50

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 35
Average hours per partner last year 17.7
Average hours per other lawyer last year 4.1
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 38.27
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 1,949
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?

McGuireWoods follows guidance from the American Bar Association, Pro Bono Institute and relevant Model Rules of Professional Conduct definitions of pro bono legal work.

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? The firm’s goal is to spend the equivalent of 3% of the firm’s annual billable hours on pro bono
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? No

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?

There are no limitations.

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?

Pro Bono work is frequently referred to the firm and assigned/distributed through the Pro Bono Coordinator in each office. Attorneys are also allowed to bring in pro bono matters for consideration and approval. 

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: Potential pro bono matters that are brought in by individual attorneys are evaluated and considered by the Global Pro Bono Partner and Pro Bono Director in coordination with firm management.
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.)

A variety of pro bono opportunities are available for summer associates and each summer associate is paired with an attorney “Pro Bono Mentor” to work on a pro bono matter together during the summer. This allows the summer associate the opportunity to work on a unique, often complex and client facing pro bono matter under the supervision of an experienced attorney.

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

Civil rights (including prisoner’s rights), Human rights (including human trafficking), Veterans' rights, Immigration law (including asylum), Housing, Nonprofit and other transactional.

Fellowship sponsorship

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

The firm is sponsoring an Equal Justice Works fellow in Pittsburgh, although that fellow is not an employee of McGuireWoods.