Pro Bono

As a Firm and as individuals, our goal is to continue our long-term commitment to serve the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged individuals, and of organizations who cannot afford to pay for legal services, by providing a wide range of sophisticated, specialized and high quality legal services on a pro bono basis. Community is a Dorsey & Whitney core value. 


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 .

The pro bono program enables our lawyers to help meet the great need of the disadvantaged in our community for legal services. Pro bono provides meaningful work experience for our lawyers, and it builds goodwill and satisfaction in the communities we serve. Pro bono binds the firm together. 

In 1993, Dorsey signed the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge as a charter signatory.  We are pleased to report that we have exceeded the Challenge by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono every year since 1993. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to pro bono and to encourage participation, we have hours and bonus polices for all of our attorneys. Our partners receive billable credit for their first 50 hours of pro bono services they provide annually. Our associate bonus policy counts up to 50 hours of pro bono time towards meeting the associate's hours requirement and once they have made their hours requirement, an additional 100 hours of pro bono time will be counted in the calculation of their productivity bonuses. Further, we work with our contract, staff, and senior attorneys to include pro bono hours as part of their work arrangements.