Pro Bono and Community Service

We believe pro bono work should be a mindful choice, one that expresses both personal and collective interests. So rather than make pro bono work mandatory at Cleary, we fully support the voluntary legal efforts of all of our lawyers.

  • More than 70 percent of Cleary lawyers logged more than 90,000 hours worldwide to pro bono legal counsel and public service efforts.
  • The firm sponsors two public interest externship programs—on a rotating basis, firm associates are placed for four months in a full-time position at either MFY Legal Services Inc. or Lawyers Alliance for New York.
  • Law360 named Cleary a 2016 Pro Bono Firm of the Year and a Pro Bono All Star in 2015—an honor given to firms appearing on the Pro Bono Firm of the Year list at least three times since its inception in 2010.
  • The American Bar Association selected Cleary as a recipient of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of the firm’s diverse pro bono efforts.

We approach our pro bono work exactly as we approach our paying cases: putting the full needs of the client front and center. A supervising partner at the helm of each project ensures that we leverage the full resources of the firm to solve complex legal problems, provide assistance for growing social problems and add value to all required client services.