Pro Bono > Impact Litigation

For those unable to pay for legal counsel, litigation is among the most challenging aspects of the legal system. A commitment to what may be years of court battles is extremely daunting for those who cannot afford to retain counsel for even short-term legal needs.

Akin Gump routinely represents pro bono clients whose legal needs demand assistance with litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Among the most important cases we take are those in which the litigation serves not just the immediate client, but may also make a broad and lasting change in law, regulation or policy. This impact litigation is a particularly important part of our pro bono practice.

Among the cases in which our clients’ claims have yielded impactful results and rulings are:

  • D.C. Professional Taxicab Drivers Association, et al., v. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, et al., in which a lawsuit filed on behalf of two taxi organizations against the government of the District of Columbia yielded rate and other favorable changes
  • In re J.B. v. H.B., in which Akin Gump is breaking ground at the Texas Supreme Court level in the case of a same-sex marriage seeking divorce in a state that does not recognize the union
  • The Community Action League, et al., v. City of Lancaster and City of Palmdale, in which the firm, in conjunction with local and national nonprofits, obtained a settlement favorable to the African-American and Latino families who had been the object of harassment by housing authority investigators, sheriff’s deputies and local politicians.