Pro Bono Program
Irell & Manella has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and our community. As a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, we encourage all of our attorneys to make a substantial contribution to our pro bono efforts. To learn more about the types of pro bono matters our attorneys handle, please see our Pro Bono page.
In addition to being an important and fulfilling part of an attorney's career, we believe that pro bono work offers excellent opportunities for attorney professional development. Our pro bono program requires that each newly-arriving attorney (whether a first-year or a lateral) bill at least 60 hours of pro bono work within his or her first year at the firm. Pro bono hours for associates are counted equally with client billable hours.
Our pro bono assignment process is designed to bring interesting and appropriate pro bono opportunities directly to new associates. Prior to an associate's arrival at Irell, he or she is asked to complete a survey, which solicits information about the attorney's primary pro bono areas of interest. Each associate is then matched with a pro bono work coordinator who is responsible for screening opportunities and identifying those that meet the attorney's interests. Coordinators also help line up partners to supervise new attorneys in their pro bono activities. Additionally, associates are encouraged to find pro bono matters on their own and work coordinators are available to assist with the intake process.
Work coordinators also serve on the firm's Pro Bono Committee, which is comprised of both associates and partners. The Pro Bono Committee meets regularly to discuss the firm's pro bono efforts and to check on the progress of matching new attorneys to pro bono matters.
For more information about pro bono at Irell, please click here.