Pro Bono & Community Service
At Epstein Becker Green, we are committed to helping the communities in which we work and live, and we understand the unique opportunity for personal and professional growth that pro bono work affords. Accordingly, attorneys and staff are encouraged to volunteer their time on community-based projects and to work on pro bono matters.
In 2019, attorneys and staff in the majority of our offices participated in Epstein Becker Green's Pro Bono Program. The firm’s attorney spent over 7,800 hours working on pro bono projects and represented more than 135 different corporate and individual pro bono clients. The firm has worked on a variety of pro bono matters involving, among other things, civil rights, corporate contracting and structuring, criminal law, health regulatory, immigration, Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”), Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”), domestic, landlord-tenant, and veterans’ rights issues.
For the past 12 years, our Washington, DC, office has participated in the DC Bar Pro Bono Challenge. We are pleased to report that we continue to manage toward our goal of committing 3 percent of total billable hours to pro bono work.
In 2019, for the fouth consecutive year, the firm held its Annual Pro Bono Challenge. The goal of this annual challenge is to have all our attorneys perform at least five hours of pro bono work during the year. There was a lot of excitement for the 2019 Pro Bono Challenge, and the firm saw an 41.9 percent increase in hours worked on pro bono projects in 2019, as well as a 4.7 percent increase in the number of attorneys who participated in pro bono work.
Here are some additional notable pro bono accomplishments in 2019:
- 82.8 percent of Associates and 55.4 percent of Members participated in Epstein Becker Green’s Pro Bono Program
- Associates who participated in Epstein Becker Green’s Pro Bono Program averaged 41.2 pro bono hours, and Members averaged 40.0 pro bono hours
- 41.9 percent of the attorneys who participated in Epstein Becker Green’s Pro Bono Program performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work.
We understand the competing demands that our attorneys and staff face, and we are very appreciative of all the time and effort that they devote to our communities.