Akin Gump Among Law Firm Leaders in Meeting with VP Biden to Discuss Pro Bono Legal Services for the Poor

(Washington, D.C.) On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the board of directors of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and senior management from board members’ firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, met with Vice President Biden and White House staff, in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C.  Vice President Biden convened the meeting to focus on access to justice issues and the role that pro bono counsel at law firms play in the delivery of legal services to the poor.  The meeting attendees discussed and celebrated collaborations between pro bono counsel and other stakeholders, including legal services organizations, bar associations and the judiciary.  The participants committed to a long-term project to improve law firm efforts to expand access to justice; Vice President Biden commended their commitment to increasing pro bono services.

Akin Gump is proud to be part of this initiative through its pro bono practice, which has been recognized as a leader in the provision of free legal services to individuals and organizations in need in our communities.  Akin Gump is the recipient of the 2012 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and a charter signatory of the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.  In 2011, Akin Gump lawyers devoted, on average, 84 hours to our pro bono clients, providing more than 67,000 hours of free legal services in total.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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