Partner Organizations

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s pro bono practice relies on our relationships with legal services organizations to refer to us both individual and organizational clients and then provide us with both training and mentorship as we represent those clients. These important legal services partners, some of which are local and some of which are regional or national, are listed below.

Through our pro bono practice, our lawyers also represent high-profile organizations such as the KIPP Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit charter school organization. Several of our major organizational pro bono clients are also listed below.

Firmwide

  • KIPP Foundation and its network of charter schools (www.kipp.org) – is Akin Gump’s largest pro bono client: a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 39,000 students.
  • National Center for Medical Legal Partnership (www.medical-legalpartnership.org) – supports the expansion, advancement and integration of medical-legal partnerships (MLP) by providing technical assistance to programs across the United States and Canada, facilitating the national MLP Network, promoting leadership in law and medicine and coordinating national research and policy activities related to preventive law, health disparities and the social determinants of health.
  • Appleseed (www.appleseednetwork.org) – brings together volunteers from the legal, business and academic professions to devise structural solutions to problems in such areas as education, financial access and health care through a nonprofit network of 16 public interest justice centers in the United States and Mexico.
  • National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (www.nlchp.org) – serves as the legal arm in the nationwide movement to end homelessness by placing it in the larger context of poverty.
  • Center for Justice and Accountability (www.cja.org) – uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse. With CJA as co-counsel, Akin Gump obtained a $21 million verdict against the former defense minister of Somalia in Yousuf v. Samantar.
  • The Constitution Project (www.constitutionproject.org) – is a nonprofit think tank that builds bipartisan consensus on significant constitutional and legal questions.
  • Scholar Rescue Fund (www.scholarrescuefund.org) – provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries.
  • Human Rights First (www.humanrightsfirst.org) – builds respect for human rights and the rule of law by protecting people at risk, such as refugees, victims of mass human rights violations and human rights advocates, through advocacy, direct representation and public education.
  • Mississippi Center for Justice (www.mscenterforjustice.org) – develops policies and strategies that combat discrimination and poverty throughout Mississippi by pursuing racial and economic justice through advocacy for systematic change.
  • Convergence (www.convergencepolicy.org) – is a national organization that employs dialogue and consensus-building to forge wise and enduring solutions to important domestic and international issues.
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Program (www.ca9.uscourts.gov) – provides pro bono counsel to pro se parties with meritorious or complex appeals, provides a valuable learning experience to young attorneys and law students and assists the court in processing pro se civil appeals more equitably and efficiently.
  • International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) (www.islp.org) – provides the pro bono services of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to promote human rights, equitable and sustainable economic development and the rule of law worldwide. ISLP assists governments, nongovernmental organizations and other institutions working to build legal capacity and to advance the rights and well-being of their citizens.

Texas - Statewide

  • Texas Appleseed (www.texasappleseed.net) – leverages the skills and resources of lawyers, firms and volunteers across the state to address some of Texas' most important social issues.
  • Texas Civil Rights Project (www.texascivilrightsproject.org) – promotes racial, social and economic justice through litigation, education and social services for low/moderate-income Texans least able to defend themselves.
  • South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/immigration.html) – provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. This joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.
  • American Gateways (www.americangateways.org) – offers high-quality, low-cost legal services to new immigrants who cannot afford a private attorney.  
  • Teach for America (www.teachforamerica.org) – aims to eliminate educational inequality by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two or more years in low-income communities around the United States.
  • Texas C-BAR (Community Building with Attorney Resources) (www.texascbar.org) – recruits experienced transactional attorneys to provide free legal assistance in real estate, tax, corporate and employment law to Texas nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods.

Austin

  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (www.vlsoct.org) – helps low-income clients access the civil justice system by linking them to volunteer attorneys who donate free legal advice and representation and by supporting and training those attorneys.
  • Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (www.texascasa.org) – advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.

Dallas

  • Human Rights Initiative (www.hrionline.org) – provides legal services and limited social services to victims of human rights abuses through the agency’s extensive network of volunteer attorneys.
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (http://dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org/) - provides legal representation to low-income individuals and families in the Dallas metropolitan area.
  • Dallas Housing Crisis Center (www.hccdallas.org) – aims to prevent homelessness; to stabilize those at risk in decent, affordable and permanent housing; and to empower them to solve their own problems in the future.

Houston

  • Catholic Charities (www.catholiccharitiesusa.org) – provides services to people in need, advocates for social justice and works with local agencies to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities.
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project (www.hvlp.org) – provides representation for low-income citizens who may not meet the financial or citizenship criteria of other legal assistance programs in most types of civil cases.
  • Lone Star Legal Aid (www.lonestarlegal.org) – provides a full range of legal services to low-income individuals in East Texas and four counties in Southwest Arkansas.
  • Tahirih Justice Center - Houston (www.tahirih.org) – provides direct representation, public advocacy and social services to women and girls who face gender-based violence.  Tahirih is housed in Akin Gump’s Houston office.

San Antonio

  • San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program (www.sabar.org) – provides free neighborhood-based legal services to individuals who may not otherwise have access to the legal system.
  • Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) (www.raicestexas.org) – promotes justice by providing free and low-cost immigration legal services and education to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.

Los Angeles

  • Public Counsel (www.publiccounsel.org) – provides free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.
  • Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles – serves as appointed counsel for abused, neglected or abandoned children under the protection of the Los Angeles County Juvenile Dependency Court system.
  • Bet Tzedek (www.bettzedek.org) – provides free legal assistance to more than 10,000 people of every racial and religious background throughout Los Angeles County.
  • The Alliance for Children’s Rights (www.kids-alliance.org) – protects the rights and futures of abused and impoverished children throughout Los Angeles County through direct representation, advocacy and community education.
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (www.lafla.org) – promotes access to justice, strengthens communities, combats discrimination and effects systemic change in the lives of low-income people through representation, advocacy and community education.
  • ACLU of Southern California (www.aclu-sc.org) – provides lobbying, public education and litigation services to protect individual rights and liberties, especially in areas of First Amendment law, equal protection, due process and privacy.
  • Junior Blind of America (www.juniorblind.org) – offers specialized services to help thousands of children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence.
  • Anti-Defamation League (www.adl.org) – fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad through information, education, legislation and advocacy.
  • California Innocence Project (www.californiainnocenceproject.org) – is a law school clinical program at California Western School of Law dedicated to releasing wrongfully convicted inmates and providing an outstanding educational experience to the students enrolled in the clinic.
  • Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel for the Central District of California (www.cacd.uscourts.gov/attorneys/pro-bono) – is a volunteer panel of private law firms created to represent plaintiffs in prisoner civil rights cases.

New York

  • The Legal Aid Society (www.legal-aid.org) – provides education and direct representation to low-income adults and juveniles on civil and criminal matters. The Society also engages in law reform and community advocacy initiatives.
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (www.nylpi.org) – helps underrepresented people develop legal strategies to serve their vision for themselves and their communities, in partnership with member law firms, corporate law departments and other organizations.
  • Her Justice (www.herjustice.com) – provides free legal services to low-income women in matrimonial, family and immigration law.
  • New York Legal Assistance Group (www.nylag.org) – provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney.
  • Bronx Defenders (www.bronxdefenders.org) – provides innovative and holistic legal services to fight both the causes and consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • Immigration Equality (www.immigrationequality.org) – is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive individuals.
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York (www.lawyersalliance.org) – provides business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (www.vlany.org) – provides legal services, mediation and advocacy to the arts community.
  • Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS) –NY (www.volsprobono.org) – leverages the good will, resources and talents of some of New York City's best law firms to provide pro bono legal services to its neediest residents, including children, the elderly, those living with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, incarcerated mothers, micro-enterprises and the unemployed.

Philadelphia

  • Support Center for Child Advocates  (www.advokid.org) – advocates for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia, with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.
  • Philadelphia Law-Works (www.philadelphialawworks.org) – provides legal services to Philadelphia nonprofit organizations, small businesses and homeowners to revitalize their communities.
  • Homeless Advocacy Project (www.homelessadvocacyproject.org) – provides legal aid and other services to homeless persons through collaboration with shelter providers, homeless advocates, community service providers and the legal community.

San Francisco

  • San Francisco Volunteer Lawyers Service Project (www.sfbar.org/volunteer) – provides legal services for low-income individuals through volunteer efforts.
  • Legal Services for Children (www.lsc-sf.org) – provides free legal and social work services to children and youth in order to stabilize their lives and help them realize their full potential.

Washington, D.C.

  • Center for Inspired Teaching (www.inspiredteaching.org) – works with teachers, principals and entire school faculties, giving them the tools necessary to engage, challenge and enrich their students’ learning experience and empowering them to achieve their full potential.
  • Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (www.washlaw.org) – provides legal representation for individuals and groups seeking to vindicate their civil rights in cases based on claims of discrimination regarding race, gender, national origin, disability, age, religion and sexual orientation. Also assists immigrants seeking asylum and works for education reform in D.C. public schools.
  • Tahirih Justice Center (www.tahirih.org) – provides direct representation, public advocacy and social services for women and girls who face gender-based violence.
  • Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (www.caircoalition.org) – provides education and training, public policy development leadership, legal support services and information-sharing forums to the immigrant advocacy community in the D.C. metropolitan area.
  • Children’s Law Center (www.childrenslawcenter.org) – helps at-risk children in D.C. find safe, permanent homes and education, health care and social services by providing a comprehensive range of legal services to children, families and foster and kinship caregivers. The Center shares its expertise with the community, other professionals and policymakers through training, technical assistance and systemic advocacy.
  • DC Bar Pro Bono Program (www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/pro_bono) – mobilizes law firms to assist in making legal advice and representation fully available to low-income persons in the District of Columbia.
  • The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (www.legalclinic.org) – protects rights of homeless and low-income residents of Washington D.C. through direct legal representation, class action litigation, policy and budget advocacy and community outreach and organizing.
  • Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services (http://www.whitman-walker.org/legal/legal-services/) – offers critical legal, medial, mental health, HIV testing, and support services to those living with HIV, and members of the LGBT community.