Pro Bono > Overview

Akin’s global pro bono practice leverages the experience, knowledge and passion of our lawyers, advisors and business services personnel to maximize access to justice, community development and the rule of law. Our long-standing partnerships with legal services organizations worldwide are an essential component of our pro bono practice.

Worldwide, we represent refugees seeking asylum, tenants fighting eviction, veterans seeking health benefits, domestic violence survivors, nonprofit organizations and other clients in need.

Our lawyers engage in the issues of the day through individual representation, public interest litigation, legislative counseling and transactional counseling. For instance, our transactional lawyers structure sophisticated deals for a wide range of pro bono clients, from sovereign governments in the developing world to charter schools serving lower-income students.

Akin utilizes all of our personnel to advance access to justice. In recent years, Akin lawyers devoted, on average, more than 90 hours to pro bono clients per year, and more than 70% of our lawyers worked on pro bono matters. Business services personnel have used their skills to reimagine the provision of pro bono services, including developing inventive platforms that use technology to reach and serve vulnerable populations.

The American Bar Association (ABA) recognized these high-impact collaborations between Akin lawyers, business services personnel and legal services partners, by honoring the firm with its prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award for a second time. The award recognized our innovative remote pro bono programs, including our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinic for young migrants, Afghan humanitarian parole clinic and remote consultation project, which severed nearly 3,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Likewise, Akin was named a Bloomberg Law 2022 Pro Bono Innovator for using “creative ways to get around barriers for their clients” and coming up with “unique solutions to tackle complex legal matters.” Read the press release.

Recent awards and accolades

Learn more about our recognitions.

Watch videos discussing our work.

Partner organizations

Pro Bono Scholars program

Equal Justice Works

Corporate client collaborations

We provide resources to assist U.S. and U.K. companies in developing pro bono policies and creating projects for their legal departments.

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To find out more, contact:

Steven H. Schulman
Pro Bono Partner
sschulman@akingump.com
Lauren Connell
Pro Bono Counsel
lconnell@akingump.com