Pro Bono Services
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services. We recognize that, as attorneys, we have a duty to help ensure that all people in our communities have equal access to our justice system regardless of their ability to pay for legal services. We believe that pro bono work and other community service are a key part of the professional responsibility of attorneys. We are proud of our long-standing tradition of using our legal talents and unique advocacy skills to serve the public interest.
The MLA Pro Bono Committee awarded medallions to more than 80 lawyers and paralegals firmwide who performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service in 2010.
2012 Pro Bono service highlights included the following cases:
- In a case referred by the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium Program, based on Washington DC, MLA won a decision awarding service benefits that had previously been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to a pro bono veteran client in a drawn-out appeals process.
- After four years of hard-fought litigation, negotiation, and persistence, a team of attorneys obtained very favorable settlements for three pro bono clients who were wrongfully evicted from their homes in the dead of winter.
- In August 2011, a team of MLA brought an action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of three immigrant workers seeking to recover more than $45,000 in unpaid wages. In 2012 MLA won a significant victory for the three pro bono clients when the defendants agreed to pay our clients the entire amount of wages owed plus attorneys' fees.
- Several MLA attorneys provided pro bono services to First Step, an organization whose mission is to end homelessness for men, women and families. Since its services began in 2007 MLA attorneys have spent countless hours helping First Step develop sound practices, minimize risk, and ensure the future sustainability of the organization.
- MLA attorneys provided crucial pro bono counsel to our national non-profit partner Points of Light to enable them to reach a key strategic objective. As the leading volunteer service organization with a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals to make a difference, Points of Light set out a strategic priority to provide comprehensive volunteer opportunities across the country.
- In keeping with the firm's commitment to pro bono, 25 attorneys from the Washington office were named to the inaugural Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. Launched by the Chief Justices of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Superior Court, the list honors DC Bar members who provided 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2011 in Washington, DC.