Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has a longstanding and greatly valued tradition of service to the community. We are privileged to be able to give back to the communities that have been such a part of our success and believe that community involvement adds an important dimension to the growth and development of our attorneys, as both lawyers and citizens of those communities. A basic tenet of Gibson Dunn's community service and pro bono commitment is that projects can and should be initiated by interested and committed associates and partners, not from any "top-down" directive from management. The Firm believes in and supports active associate participation in pro bono matters and gives one-to-one billable credit for pro bono work performed.
We are pleased to be a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Pro Bono Challenge which requires us to use our "best efforts" to perform 60 hours of pro bono work per attorney each year. To support this initiative, the Firm created a national Pro Bono Committee which meets quarterly and has dedicated pro bono coordinators in each of its offices. As a result of our efforts and collective commitments, we have not only met the Challenge, but will report an average of 114.9 pro bono hours per lawyer for 2011.
Our lawyers are involved in the community in every region in which the Firm has offices. Supported by vibrant Community Affairs Committees in each office, Gibson Dunn supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations through board service, providing invaluable pro bono legal services and by making meaningful financial contributions. To assist associates in serving on boards of local nonprofit organizations, several offices have established an Associates Fund. Recognizing that there is often a financial commitment required for board and committee participation in such organizations, the Fund is comprised of donations from individual partners and enables associates to participate on the boards of organizations that they might not otherwise be able to join.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is privileged and honored to serve those in need. Whether protecting constitutional rights, working to preserve historic buildings, battling slumlords, protecting the environment, or facilitating adoptions and guardianships, our attorneys have provided access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it.
National Pro Bono Chair