Pro Bono Mission and Policy
Jones Day has a long history of, and commitment to, pro bono work, public service, and community involvement in all of our locations around the world. Because of that commitment, pro bono and public service matters undertaken by Jones Day are provided the same level of attention and professional dedication that we provide to matters undertaken on behalf of paying clients. Also, work performed on approved pro bono matters is given the same weight and consideration as client billable work for the purposes of evaluating our lawyers' overall professional development and potential. Year after year, we continue to broaden the pro bono legal services we provide, as evidenced by the increase in the number of cases and projects undertaken by our lawyers and staff. Our pro bono commitments range from complex litigation matters with precedential impact to representing needy individuals in local courts and administrative tribunals. While the legal issues advanced are varied, the Firm has made a particular effort to secure the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing and to advance the rights of children with respect to education. We also provide critical services to nonprofit organizations worldwide that are committed to making a difference in areas such as economic development, women's rights, health care, and the protection of children. In addition, the Firm has made a dedicated effort to advance the rule of law in countries around the world, most recently addressing human trafficking issues in Liberia.
Each of our offices has a designated partner-in-charge of pro bono to further develop the reach of our activities and encourage the participation of our lawyers and staff. We also have a full-time, firmwide head of pro bono, who oversees and directs our pro bono efforts worldwide. As we look to the future, we will continue to identify and respond to the demands for pro bono service that are presented by an increasingly integrated world. Our commitment to serving the less fortunate and advancing the rule of law is as critical to the Firm's institutional character as our successful representation of paying clients that give us our financial strength. The Firm's pro bono mission is simple - as our global reach extends further and deeper, we will look for new and creative ways to serve and improve all of the communities that have been instrumental in our success.