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October 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2014 — Law360 named Covington & Burling to its list of “Pro Bono Firms of 2014,” recognizing the firm’s work on some of the year's most pressing civil-rights matters. Law360 highlighted Covington’s landmark litigation efforts in Floyd v. New York City, the suit challenging the city's stop-and-frisk policing strategy, and Melendres v. Arpaio, which seeks to redress alleged systemic traffic-stop racial profiling instituted by Maricopa County, Arizona. The publication also noted the firm’s representation of Yemeni citizens imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. “We see pro bono as a key part of our firm culture,” and it's something that we view as a big attraction to potential hires coming here,” said Alan Pemberton, chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, in an interview with Law360. The article noted that Covington logged more than 70,000 hours of pro bono work, or about 107 hours per lawyer — more than double the American Bar Association’s recommended 50 hours per lawyer per year. Since its founding in 1919, Covington has had a strong commitment to public service. The firm encourages all of its lawyers to participate in pro bono work, and devotes significant resources to finding pro bono projects that reflect the diverse interests of its attorneys. To read the complete profile, please click here.