August 23, 2012

    You don’t need to ask us to find out that Arent Fox is a recognized leader in pro bono work.

    In May, 2011, Arent Fox was recognized by The Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours.

    Over 70 percent of Arent Fox lawyers do pro bono work each year, and in 2011, each lawyer averaged more than 45 hours of pro bono work. As a whole, the firm contributed nearly 18,000 pro bono hours.

    During the past two years, we have worked on matters…

    as diverse as death penalty cases, a class action case against the Department of Agriculture on behalf of women farmers, legal assistance for clients at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, a number of US Supreme Court and state supreme court cases on behalf of women’s groups on domestic violence and privacy issues, and immigrant rights cases, and providing legal assistance to veterans in need.

    Our commitment to work in the public interest dates from Arent Fox’s founding in 1942. The partners believed that community service and pro bono public interest work were integral parts of the practice of law and made it a priority to be at the forefront of the private bar’s efforts to ensure that indigents have access to justice.

    This tradition continues today: Chairman emeritus Marc Fleischaker received the prestigious Whitney North Seymour Award in 2003 from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. This award was presented in recognition of Fleischaker’s work on civil rights cases during his more than 30 years at Arent Fox.

    We annually present the Albert E. Arent and Marc L. Fleischaker Pro Bono Award to lawyers or teams of lawyers and legal professionals who demonstrate “outstanding contributions to public service.” Our most recent winners have led a three-year, multifamily housing financing project to create additional units of affordable housing for some of DC’s poorest residents, devoted themselves to after-school law programs to provide education and mentoring to at-risk high school students, and served as vice chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.