Hogan Lovells has built one of the law industry’s largest pro bono schemes with employees donating over 115,000 hours to pro bono work during 2015.
In a press release, the firm said that the firm worked closely with DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Tahirih Justice Center, RAINN, Schools Consent Project (SCP), and others to make substantial contributions to address gender-based issues.
Hogan Lovells has released “Inspiring Action, Transforming Lives,” an annual report highlighting its pro bono efforts across the globe.
To highlight just a few of those contributions, firm lawyers helped draft legislation raising the minimum age for marriage in Virginia to 18, helped victims of domestic violence obtain civil protection orders against their abusers, and supported Barefoot College, an organization that teaches rural women to be solar engineers to address the basic energy needs of their villages, by helping it expand its regional training centers into Africa.
“The annual pro bono report is a reflection of how we make a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice,” said T. Clark Weymouth, pro bono partner at Hogan Lovells. “Giving back to the community is an integral part of who we are as a firm.”
Hogan Lovells took two ground-breaking actions in 2015: its Global Citizenship Policy, which asks everyone at the firm to devote 25 hours a year to Citizenship activities, and its Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, a commitment to focus much of the firm’s Citizenship activities on combating gender-based abuse and improving educational and economic opportunities for girls and women.
“As a global organization that recognizes and supports the contributions of women to society and business, Hogan Lovells embraces the opportunity to be an agent for change for gender equality,” said Yasmin Waljee, international pro bono director at Hogan Lovells. “We are very proud of all the work we have done to advance this cause.”