Providing pro bono legal services is a privilege and responsibility that Fish & Richardson attorneys take seriously. At a time when people with low incomes do not receive help for 92% of their substantial civil legal problems, Fish recognizes that our country’s justice gap is real. The firm is dedicated to encouraging and supporting attorneys who participate in pro bono work that meets some of this staggering need.
Fish is acutely aware that the lack of access to justice is a crisis. The firm therefore encourages attorneys to take on pro bono matters as a routine element of their practice and supports this work in a number of ways. Through its generous pro bono policy, the firm gives billable credit to attorneys for up to 200 hours of pro bono work each year. Additionally, each pro bono project is managed by the firm’s pro bono team and is supervised by a principal-level attorney.
With support from the firm, in the 2020-2021 billable year, Fish attorneys devoted over 20,000 pro bono hours to individuals, families, and non-profit organizations in need of legal assistance in areas such as immigration, racial justice, housing, domestic violence, and children’s advocacy.