Pro Bono & Community

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“We encourage our people to think creatively about how we can make a difference in our communities and in the world, and how we can leverage the talents of our people to effect positive change. We are all privileged to be here. And with that privilege comes a responsibility—both a professional and a personal one—to give back.”

—Brian Moran, Global Pro Bono Co-Chair

Pro Bono Highlights

Supporting Racial Justice

In 2020, Paul Hastings pledged action and support through four key initiatives – a $7m pro bono commitment to key racial justice projects, a Racial Equality Fund to support innovative charity partners, a Volunteer Day to serve in underrepresented communities, and a $10m Commitment to Equitable Education. Today, at the two year mark of this commitment, we have made great progress towards our goal. Read more about our efforts over the last two years.

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2021 Impact Award Winners

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pro bono commitment to end racial injustice

Developing Model Acts for Policing

To ensure just and effective policing, we are developing systems for evaluation of police use of force and discipline that foster public trust of police and are fair to the public and officers alike.

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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread, our people around the world are helping our clients and our communities navigate this unprecedented crisis and the challenges it is creating. Check out our Nonprofit COVID-19 Legal Resources Hub here.

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pro bono hours performed in 2021

Combating Modern Slavery

This new firm-wide initiative aims to address and eradicate modern slavery in all its forms, including labor trafficking, forced labor, and child labor.

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of U.S. attorneys performed at least 20 hours of pro bono since 2009

Protecting Immigrants’ Rights Around the World

We dedicated 20,026 hours to helping unaccompanied children, families, and others escape horrific conditions in their home countries.

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Fighting for our Veterans

Since 2008, we have represented veterans in over 100 cases with the National Veterans Legal Service Program (NVLSP) ranging from systemic reform to individual cases before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Combat-Related Special Compensation and military correction boards.

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Mentoring Social Entrepreneurs

Since 2015, we’ve provided thousands of hours of pro bono legal advice and services to fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Youth Justice Legal Centre

Safeguarding Children’s Rights

Our London office partnered with Just for Kids Law and others to protect children’s rights, winning a historic UK Supreme Court Challenge.

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pro bono matters in 2021

Supporting the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

We partnered with our client Bank of America and NELP to provide guidance to low-to-moderate income micro-entrepreneurs.

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Equal Rights in Trinidad & Tobago

We represented an LGBT activist in his constitutional challenge against the government of Trinidad & Tobago.

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Jason Jones

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Since 2007, we’ve served as the go-to outside counsel for APLA.

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Advocating for Homeless with Disabilities

In partnership with the ACLU SoCal, we ensured that homeless people with disabilities have access to services.

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Intrepid Museum

We are working to ensure the long-term success of this great civic institution.

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Impact Investing with ClearlySoAngels

We serve as the organization’s sole legal counsel, helping to guide its incredible growth.

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2020 Pro Bono & Community Awardees

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Paul Hastings in the Community

Learn more about our volunteer efforts in partnership with local organizations

Volunteer Time Off Program

The firm’s Volunteer Time Off program allows attorneys and staff to devote one scheduled workday per year to lend support to eligible organizations enacting positive change in our three areas of philanthropic focus: Equality, Justice, and Sustainability or that further the goals of our Commitment to Equitable Education. Since the program’s inception in 2020, numerous members of the Paul Hastings family have answered the call to action to help advance social change and volunteered more than 500 hours in the local community.

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We worked with pro bono client Artolution to create a collaborative mural with two New York City schools.

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Students of Artolution


We have sponsored a PENCIL intern in our New York office as part of the Ladders for Leaders program since 2015.

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Garfield School

Since adopting Garfield Elementary School over10 years ago, our Washington, D.C. office regularly volunteers at enrichment events.

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Our Los Angeles office hosts career development and mentoring workshops for underprivileged high schools through the YMCA.

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YMCA Workshops


In partnership with our client, City National Bank, our Los Angeles office hosted middle school students from the surrounding community for career exploration workshops.

John Scurr Primary School

Our London office “adopted” John Scurr Primary School and has hosted a literacy program at the school since 2009.

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Shanghai Jiuqian Volunteer Center

Each year our Shanghai office sponsors underprivileged children from the Jiuqian Volunteer Center so they can attend holiday events.

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Student Field Trips