Courage. Compassion. Commitment.
DLA Piper’s pro bono mission is to pursue justice in our communities and around the world by advancing gender and racial equality, advocating for children, and combating hunger.
In 2021, we gave nearly 200,000 hours of free legal advice, making us one of the largest providers of pro bono services in the world. While much of our work involves advising individuals who otherwise could not afford a lawyer, we also represent nonprofits and small businesses in underserved communities.
Pro bono is a professional obligation for US lawyers; it benefits our firm and communities, strengthens our sustainability and diversity and inclusion efforts, and offers our lawyers new perspectives. We believe in a collaborative approach to pro bono, and often work alongside firm clients, legal service providers, and others to broaden the impact of our pro bono efforts.
Our pro bono team cultivates DLA Piper's strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper's US program, which encompasses more than 1,400 lawyers.
Lisa Dewey, Pro Bono Partner
Teaming with clients
Collaborating with our clients is an integral part of our commitment to pro bono, and it provides us the opportunity to build and grow long-term relationships while simultaneously giving to our communities.
Through the Krantz Fellowship, DLA Piper annually selects two new associates to spend their first year at the firm working exclusively on pro bono matters. The firm created the fellowship in honor of Sheldon Krantz, a former partner and founding director of New Perimeter.
Learn more about the program here:
Our global pro bono InitiativeNew Perimeter provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development, and sound legal institutions, with an overarching focus on women's advancement.
Areas of focus
Our 2021 global pro bono contribution and areas of focus
Awards and recognition
Beyond the curve podcast: How DLA Piper’s New Perimeter has gone the distance
Beyond the curve podcast: Access to justice in a time of crisis
News and insights
DLA Piper receives the Public Interest Law Network’s “Global Partnership Award”
16 November 2022 .2 minute read