Jones Day London Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Jones Day lawyers from every region are active in a broad range of the Firm's pro bono work based upon individual interests. In evaluating the professional development and performance of lawyers, the work done on pro bono matters is given the same weight and consideration as client billable work.

Here are three recent examples of pro bono matters in which lawyers, summer associates, and trainees from several Jones Day offices participated.

  • Many Jones Day offices helped launch a new online guide, Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships, that comprehensively surveys and tracks changes in the law governing the legal recognition of same-sex relationships around the world.

  • Jones Day lawyers are representing mothers with children as well as unaccompanied children in well over 100 cases arising from the flood of refugees seeking refuge in the United States from violence in Central America. More than 150 lawyers from almost every U.S. office, and some offices outside the United States, are involved in this extraordinary team effort. Currently, lawyers from our U.S. offices represent individual mothers with children and unaccompanied children in cases in immigration courts and state courts throughout the country. While no longer capturing headlines, the sheer number of Central American mothers and children detained in the United States while awaiting resolution is mind-numbing. In support of its commitment to the rule of law, the Firm continues to deploy its lawyers and to take on new representations, all on a pro bono basis.

  • Jones Day lawyers have participated in the Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) program focused on improving the trial skills of Kenyan prosecutors and private practitioners who litigate cases involving victims of gender violence. U.S. federal judges have been among the international teams of volunteers that worked closely with United States Justice and State Department officials and met with the U.S. Ambassador in Kenya. Now in its fourth year, the LWOB Kenya program addressed the impact of the new laws and their implementation in the context of a trial, in addition to improving trial advocacy skills through a full mock trial.

Day of Service

"Day of Service" is a Jones Day community service event that takes place annually in Firm offices across the globe. Each office selects a project appropriate for that office and its community. Twenty-two of our 44 offices hosted a Day of Service in 2015 and we will expand this event to every office in 2016.

To see videos about the Firm's pro bono work and pictures from our Days of Service around the world, please visit the Pro Bono playlist on the Jones Day YouTube channel.