NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2023

Allen & Overy LLP - Global U.S. Practice

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Jennifer White-Callaghan
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Manager
Pro Bono Contact Phone +1 202 683 3938
Pro Bono Contact Email [email protected]
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year 3.1% of hours billed in 2022 were Pro Bono
Average Hours per Attorney last year 31.6

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 64.9% of associates/counsel participated in the pro bono program in 2022
Percent of partners participating last year 54.3% of partners participated in the pro bono program in 2022
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 16.7% other lawyers (such as staff and practice support attorneys) participated in the pro bono program in 2022

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 56.1 average Pro Bono hours per associate
Average hours per partner last year 31.5 average Pro Bono Hours per Partner
Average hours per other lawyer last year 30.2 average Pro Bono hours per other attorney-type
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 57.0% of attorneys with Pro Bono hours in 2022 contributed 20 hours or more
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 11,611 hours of Pro Bono contributed in 2022
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work?

A&O looks at each matter individually to determine whether it should be considered pro bono, and generally encourages pro bono work that falls within our greater global and US pro bono strategies, as well as other pro bono work that would be considered pro bono for the purposes of New York and other US state bar rules.

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No

Attorney pro bono goals

Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? Yes
If yes, what is that annual goal? Case-by-case

Advancement/compensation

Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? Case-by-case

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations?

N/A

Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

Pro bono work is distributed in various ways, depending on the expertise and team of lawyers required, urgency of the matter, and preferences and needs of the client and/or the partner organization we which we are working.

If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Pro Bono Coordinator
Pro Bono Committee
Department Chair
Other: Our Business Acceptance Unit

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Externships
Other: our Pro Bono and Community Investment Committee; role as a Pro Bono Associate
If so please describe

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.)

Getting involved in pro bono and community work at A&O gives people the chance to share their knowledge and experience on both large multi-jurisdictional projects, and the local projects run by individual offices. 

Regardless of location, we try to create opportunities to use the skills of our people in the most effective ways, ensuring that our work has a positive impact on our pro bono clients. We partner with a wide range of organizations, and collaborate with other law firms to consider the broader issues related to our pro bono efforts.

What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

Much of our pro bono work spans the Human Rights, Civil Rights, Forcible Displacement and Social Finance arenas.

During the past year, our lawyers have worked on projects relating to, among many other areas:  Afghanistan refugees, voting rights and racial equity, criminal justice, girls’ education and the criminalization of torture, on the basis of LQBTQ+ status.

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? Case-by-case
Public Interest Fellowship Comments