Paul, Weiss is committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need. Our program is all-encompassing, spanning the core issues facing our society.
Paul, Weiss received high marks in The American Lawyer’s 2020 Pro Bono Scorecard, ranking 10th nationally and 5th in terms of the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer in 2019. This recognition reflects the firm’s ever-expanding program, including a 75% increase in pro bono hours in 2019 compared to 2016.
Firm Chairman Brad Karp and Pro Bono Counsel Emily Goldberg are also quoted extensively in an American Lawyer article about increasing collaborations among law firms to tackle significant systemic failures. “The challenges that we’re all confronting nowadays under the current administration are so enormous, the scope is so large, the issues are so breathtaking, the stakes are so high that it oftentimes is impossible for any single law firm, no matter how well-resourced or how well-intentioned, to mount a battle of the magnitude that is necessary to redress the wrong at issue,” Brad said. Emily added that there has been “‘a 360-degree amount of need’ over the past few years that surpasses anything she’s seen before,” which has led to an increased marshalling of resources across law firms. “It’s become a skillset in and of itself: how to build a project and scale it up so you’re not just helping 10 people, you’re thinking bigger,” she noted. “How can I help a thousand people?”
The American Lawyer’s national Pro Bono Survey ranks the nation’s largest 200 firms based on the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer and the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work.