Building Up Our Communities
The need for pro bono legal services in our communities remains more important than ever. EBG attorneys rose to the challenge again in 2021—serving veterans, securing benefits and housing, addressing health care equity, and improving access to justice.
Each year, our attorneys participate in our Annual Pro Bono Challenge, which encourages attorneys of all levels to log at least 5 hours of pro bono work. Teams of attorneys worked on projects representing clients in disability and landlord-tenant matters, educating diverse students on the law and legal careers, and assisting veterans and their families.
While we give back across all of our locations around the country, we were particularly proud to contribute to the record number of 1,049,139 pro bono hours announced by the DC Bar Pro Center. Over half of those hours, which were logged by the 39 firms participating, went directly to assisting local DC residents of limited means or the organizations that serve them.
Prisoner Compassionate Release Project
EBG received a 2021 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) for our pro bono Compassionate Release Project, representing indigent federal prisoners who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 due to serious preexisting medical conditions and who are predominantly people of color. This award recognizes law firms that have provided an “exemplary” pro bono commitment to a designated area of representation, with this year’s focus placed on pro bono work addressing systemic racial disparities in 2020. More than 25 attorneys and staff members assisted in the compassionate release cases that provided life-saving relief to our clients.