Promoting access to justice around the globe

Around the world, our lawyers are working pro bono to ensure access to justice, promote the rule of law, and provide legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer.

Through New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s global pro bono initiative, we also provide pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development and sound legal institutions.

Everyone at DLA Piper plays a role in our pro bono practice. Our lawyers spend time each year providing free legal services to individuals who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer and organizations that qualify for pro bono assistance. Our lawyers have the opportunity to be involved with pro bono work from their first day with the firm.

The firm has a dedicated team of lawyers who help ensure that our program is innovative and effective.

My pro bono practice

DLA Piper Pro BonoMichael Helmer (Short Hills) has focused and developed his pro bono work around veterans. "I started working with veterans at our US Department of Veterans Affairs legal clinic in Lyons, New Jersey that we run with our corporate client, Verizon. Rich Gruenberger (New York) got me involved with disabled veteran entrepreneurs through Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV). And I just started my first Project Discharge Upgrade case," said Mike. "Focusing on veterans is helpful and allows me to increase my subject matter knowledge. Over time I have learned their lingo, their set of experiences, their service benefits and what they went through. This helps me be a more effective advocate for them."
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Our clinics

  • Around the world, we develop and manage clinics to serve individuals in our communities.

DLA Piper Pro Bono 2016 facts and figures