At Miller & Chevalier, we are dedicated to using our time, resources, and talent to help individuals and organizations in need. We do this by providing high quality legal services to people who lack ready access to our system of justice and through contributions of time and money to organizations that serve the community.
We have a strong tradition of pro bono representation and have always recognized that each of our lawyers has a professional obligation to provide pro bono legal work. On average, our lawyers dedicate more than 100 hours of work to pro bono efforts, which is comparable to the top 10 law firms in the AM Law 200. Since becoming one of the first signatories to the American Bar Association Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, we have consistently met our pledge to devote three percent of our billable hours to pro bono work. Pro bono matters are a critical component of our lawyers’ professional development, and the majority of our lawyers personally take part in the provision of pro bono legal representation. We treat every pro bono client with the same respect, diligence, and zealous advocacy we give to all of our clients, and the firm provides the same staff time and resources to pro bono cases as we do to commercial cases. The types of pro bono projects in which our lawyers have participated are wide ranging and include, as representative examples, preparing appellate amicus briefs in United States Supreme Court cases; counseling clients involved in landlord-tenant disputes; representing newcomers to our nation in seeking to secure political asylum; providing critically needed tax advice to a large circle of non-profit corporations; serving as court-appointed guardians for abused or neglected children; and representing victims of discrimination, indigent criminal defendants, and the physically and mentally ill. The work that we have performed has been exceptional, and the firm and its lawyers have received numerous awards.
In addition to our pro bono work, our lawyers and staff embrace many firm-sponsored community service projects and fund-raising efforts. The firm established its commitment as far back as 1929 by founding the Miller & Chevalier Chartered Charitable Foundation. The Foundation supports health and welfare groups, along with organizations providing legal services to the underserved, such as the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. In addition, the firm supports an almost constant flow of community service activities organized and staffed by our employees. These range from working together at Habitat for Humanity building sites and raising money for Hurricane Katrina and California wildfire victims, to contributing to a monthly “Denim for Charity Day” fundraiser. Holiday activities have helped feed the homeless, provide books and supplies to teachers in disadvantaged schools, aided in the recovery of wounded service men and women, and supplied gifts to needy children.
For more information about our pro bono program, please contact Kathleen Wach, Pro Bono Counsel.