Pro Bono & Social Impact
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Our pro bono work transcends ethical obligation. It is work that moves us, challenges us, and makes us better people and lawyers. We are proud that we can be the voice for the unheard, the champion for the unseen, and the access point to the justice system for the most vulnerable and marginalized. We do work that changes lives for the better, improves the legal system, creates good precedent, and balances the scales of justice.
Ability, integrity, and service to others – these are the three pillars on which Davis Wright Tremaine was built. As our founding partner once famously said, "…unless we are serving mankind to the top extent of our ability and putting our best talent into that service, what good is life?"
Pro bono and social impact isn't just a part of the firm's vision to better our communities, it is central to our existence.
For almost eight decades, DWT's pro bono and social impact work has been distinguished and cutting edge. In 2021, our attorneys and staff devoted over 29,000 hours, valued at $17 million dollars, to those without a voice in the courts or the means to hire effective legal counsel. These cases were complex, meaningful, and transformative – not only for the client, but also the attorneys that gave of their time and talent.
Attorneys across DWT's eight offices collaborate and support legal service providers, partner with our clients on pro bono opportunities and community service endeavors, and are thoughtful contributors to the community. In this way we innovate not only the manner in which we do business, but how we give back.
Our attorneys strive to honor the firm's core values by making pro bono and social impact a comprehensive part of their practice. DWT's pro bono program will continue to champion all those who need access to justice the most, not just those who can afford it.
Ways We're Having an Impact
12 Months of DWT Pro Bono Work
January 2021 through December 2021
29,430Total pro bono hours
26,490Total lawyer hours
2,930Total timekeeper hours
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