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Since its founding, Covington has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. The firm is frequently recognized for pro bono service, including ten times being ranked the number one pro bono practice in the U.S. by The American Lawyer. Much of our pro bono work is anchored in meeting local needs, serving economically disadvantaged individuals and families in our surrounding communities, but the firm also has a long history of serving vulnerable clients and important causes throughout the U.S. and the world.

While many of Covington’s pro bono efforts are anchored in meeting local needs, the firm also has a long history of serving the most vulnerable clients and important causes, regardless of location. The firm handles numerous death penalty and wrongful conviction cases across the US, as well as other important civil and human rights matters, including class action litigation and systemic reform projects related to homelessness, marriage equality, freedom of the press, juvenile justice, mental health, mass incarceration, and government-sanctioned discrimination. Lawyers in all of Covington’s offices are also working to advance international human rights and global access to justice, advising hundreds of NGOs focused on improving access to food, water, healthcare, education, economic opportunity, peace, and justice in the world’s poorest regions.

  • The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Covington's pro bono practice among the top five firms for 21 of the past 26 years, including ten years at number one.
  • Since 2003, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference has recognized those firms where at least 40% of the attorneys perform 50 or more pro bono hours during the previous year. Covington has achieved this so-called “40 at 50” benchmark each year.
  • Law360 designated Covington as a 2015 Pro Bono Firm of the Year, noting that the firm has successfully combatted racial profiling, prevailed in challenging indiscriminate and mass government detention of Central American asylum-seeking mothers and children, and contributed significantly to criminal justice reform. Law360 previously named Covington as a Pro Bono Firm of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • National Law Journal - Covington was named to NLJ's Pro Bono Hot List in 2013 and 2014. Three Covington lawyers have been honored as "Champions" for upholding the profession's core values through public service, pro bono efforts, and advocacy for civil liberties - Robert Long (2012); S. William Livingston (2011); Anthony Herman (2010).

Other organizations and nonprofit partners which have recently honored Covington are listed below.