Pro Bono Overview

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Pro Bono Overview

Kirkland & Ellis is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel with the goals of improving clients’ lives, bettering communities, and deepening our professional experience. Kirkland encourages its attorneys at all levels to contribute their professional services to pro bono causes they are passionate about. Kirkland lawyers pursue pro bono matters dealing with a variety of issues such as immigration, disability rights, civil rights, prisoner rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals, guardianship, veterans’ benefits, and the representation of nonprofit organizations, among other areas. Watch this video highlighting our work with Lambda Legal for LGBT rights.

The opportunity to share legal skills and talents is available to senior partners and the newest associates, including summer associates. As part of our commitment to provide these services, time worked on pro bono matters is valued and evaluated the same as billable work. Kirkland continues to adhere to the tenets set forth by the Pro Bono Institute Challenge, including our pledge to contribute annually 3 percent of total billable hours to pro bono work.

"Kirkland effects positive, significant changes in our pro bono clients’ lives and within communities. We are proud of our attorneys’ passion for providing legal services to those in need."

Marjorie Lindblom & Tom Yannucci, Firmwide Pro Bono Committee Co-chairs

"In just one year, Kirkland & Ellis' 49 Ladder Up volunteers helped 468 families and returned $776,850 to the community. But, more importantly, they made life a little better for our clients and their families. The firm did what they do best. They advocated for those who do not always have a voice, and they spoke volumes with their actions."

Robert Burke, Chairman and Founder, Ladder Up

For more information, click here to read Kirkland’s most recent Corporate Social Responsibility Publication. Previous publications of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Foundation Booklets can be viewed here.

For more information about Pro Bono and your career at Kirkland, click here.


Julie LaEace Jacqueline Haberfeld
Firmwide Director of Pro Bono Legal Services New York Pro Bono Specialist
T: +1 312-862-3389 T: +1 212-909-3248
F: +1 312-862-2200 F: +1 212-446-4900
300 North LaSalle Street 601 Lexington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654 New York, NY 10022

Elise Tincher
Chicago Pro Bono Specialist
T: +1 312-862-2825
F: +1 312-862-2200
300 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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