Pro Bono Publico
"...The caliber of representation Robins Kaplan volunteer attorneys provide their Children's Law Center clients is truly remarkable. Our clients know." - Children's Law Center of Minnesota
At Robins Kaplan LLP, we believe everyone should have access to justice. Our pro bono program is built on the premise that everyone deserves a tenacious advocate on their side in the courtroom, regardless of their ability to pay. We are trial lawyers dedicated to leveling the playing field for our pro bono clients and delivering life-changing results. This dedication to giving back to those in need in our communities has earned us national accolades. We are consistently highly ranked by The American Lawyer as a top pro bono firm, and in 2016, 2017, and 2019 we were named to The National Law Journal's Pro Bono Hot List.
We set high expectations for our pro bono program. Each attorney is asked to contribute at least 50 hours of pro bono work annually. Since 2008, 5% of our total attorney billable time has been contributed to those who cannot afford legal representation.
Total pro bono hours worked in 2021.
Real Lives, Real Change
Behind the numbers are the real life stories of people we help. Whether it’s an individual fleeing violence or a veteran seeking safe housing, we represent a broad range of clients. Working in partnership with more than 60 nonprofit organizations across the country, our goal is to identify pro bono opportunities that match our attorneys’ interests and skills to make the greatest impact.
Well & Good and Pro Bono Trial Skills Training
Our attorneys are involved in pro bono service from the very beginning. Through our Well & Good writing program, our new associates develop a much-needed written work product for one of our pro bono partner organizations that will assist the organization with its ongoing advocacy. This program incorporates skills-based training and mentorship by senior firm members to improve the associate's writing skills while helping those in need. Through our pro bono trial skills training, our new associates represent a pro bono client in a court proceeding. Whether it’s helping a victim of domestic abuse obtain an order for protection or advocating in court for a detained immigrant, this program provides an invaluable service to our pro bono clients and allows our associates to gain courtroom experience with mentorship and guidance from one of our partners.
As our associates progress in their careers, the opportunities to gain experience through pro bono while being mentored by more senior firm members continues. For example, our more experienced associates in Minneapolis are paired with partners to represent low-income tenants at first appearances in eviction cases. While helping to prevent homelessness, these associates gain valuable experience counseling clients, negotiating with opposing counsel, and appearing in court.
If you are interested in having us represent you, you should call us so we can determine whether the matter is one for which we are willing or able to accept professional responsibility. We will not make this determination by e-mail communication. The telephone numbers and addresses for our offices are listed on this page. We reserve the right to decline any representation. We may be required to decline representation if it would create a conflict of interest with our other clients.
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