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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.

  • The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Covington's pro bono practice among the nation’s top ten for 27 of the past 30 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 2016 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, 2014, and 2015.
  • National Law Journal - Covington was named to NLJ's Pro Bono Hot List in 2013, 2014, 2018, and 2019. 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).
  • Kanu Song and Mike Plimack received a pro bono "Unsung Heroes" Award from the Youth Law Center because of their work for a teenage client in San Francisco who was left in jail for days after a judge had ordered him released (2020).

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