NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2023

Dinsmore & Shohl - Louisville, Kentucky

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Reginald L. Staples, Jr.
Pro Bono Contact Title Partner
Pro Bono Contact Phone (513) 639-9213
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 2%
Average Hours per Attorney last year 47

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 31%
Percent of partners participating last year 29%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 19%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 24
Average hours per partner last year 52
Average hours per other lawyer last year 126
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 21%
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 15,856
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?
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? Pro bono efforts are taken into account in the annual evaluation process. Associates are eligible to receive billable hour credit for the time they spend on approved pro bono projects. Associates may submit an application to the Pro Bono Committee and receive up to 50 billable hours per pro bono project that is approved. The Committee will evaluate requests for billable hour credit in excess of 50 hours and consider whether the matter was complex, unusual, or the associate achieved extraordinary results.

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?


Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? No
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?
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) 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): Other
If so please describe

On a case by case basis, partners and associates have been given a leave of absence to work on pro bono or other public interest matters.

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

Pro bono involvement is strongly encouraged. We accept referrals from Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, local bar associations, the Public Defender's Office, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and local non-profit organizations.

Fellowship sponsorship

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