Community

Community is a Dorsey & Whitney core value. Whether it’s organizing a United Way funding drive in Denver, sending care packages from Minneapolis to U.S. troops in Iraq, or building a Habitat for Humanity home for recent immigrants in New York, Dorsey people pull together and reach out.

Dorsey lawyers and support professionals honor and appreciate the law industry tradition of using specialized abilities and resources for the benefit of others. Helping the underprivileged gain access to our legal system. Partnering with pro bono organizations. Providing financial support to charitable organizations. Devoting personal time in volunteer service.

Our 2012 Community Report highlights recent pro bono projects, volunteer work and charitable giving and sponsorships by the Firm and by the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation in the communities in which our people live and work around the globe. For a hard copy of this report, please e-mail  

We don’t just work here. We live here.

Dorsey attorneys and staff take personal interest in the vitality of their respective communities. The Dorsey & Whitney community involvement program supports individual commitments to community service and leadership, helping organize and mobilize Dorsey attorneys and staff, connecting them to volunteer opportunities and supporting their efforts. Some examples: 

  • More than 100 attorneys serve as board members in a broad array of local nonprofit organizations
  • Habitat for Humanity homes in several cities 
  • Reading programs, fund-raising and an annual carnival for an inner-city school in Minneapolis
  • Food shelter volunteering and an award-winning workplace giving campaign in Seattle
  • Baseball outing for a developmentally disabled group home in Fargo
  • New York Theatre Workshop

Legal Work for Those Who Need It Most

The Dorsey Pro Bono program channels expertise to help the disadvantaged in our communities access legal services, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people each year. Dorsey is a proud charter signatory of the American Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, pursuant to which firms pledge to provide pro bono legal assistance equal to at least three percent of billable hours. We’ve proudly and gladly exceeded the Challenge every year since we signed it in 1993.

The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation

Funded by Dorsey partners, the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation has contributed millions of dollars since its establishment in 1982 to a wide variety of charitable, cultural, educational and community-service organizations in the communities where the firm operates. Most are organizations in which our partners are actively involved as officers or directors.