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Law360 Names Covington a Top “Pro Bono Firm of 2016”

September 28, 2016

WASHINGTONLaw360 named Covington & Burling to its list of “Pro Bono Firms of 2016,” recognizing the firm’s work in providing legal services to those in need.

Law360 highlighted Covington victories on behalf of Guatemalan forest workers on work visas who were defrauded by a labor trafficker, victims of an Arizona sheriff’s racial profiling, Guantanamo Bay detainees, and immigrant teachers who were wrongly charged by a recruiting agency for visa-processing fees and “placement fees.”  The article noted that Covington logged more than 80,000 hours of pro bono work, or about 106 hours per lawyer, more than double the American Bar Association’s recommended 50 hours per lawyer per year.

“Legal services are often too expensive for the people who need them most,” said Alan Pemberton, chair of the firm’s pro bono committee. “We view pro bono service as an important ethical and professional obligation.”

Since its founding in 1919, Covington has maintained 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 lawyers. 

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