Mayer Brown announced today that The National Law Journal (NLJ) named the firm to its annual “Pro Bono Hot List,” which recognizes law firms that have led the way on access to justice.
The firm was recognized for the Police Accountability Task Force in Chicago, which inspired solutions aimed at restoring trust between police and communities of color. Dedicating more than 3,000 pro bono hours to the task force, a team of Mayer Brown lawyers made tangible contributions that continue to influence change, including helping to form policy governing the release of information on police shootings. Mayer Brown also took on reform efforts with a similar task force in Fairfax County, Virginia, and has several pending cases before the US Supreme Court related to police reform.
“The work we have done has made some real changes,” the firm’s Director of Pro Bono Activities, Marcia Maack, said in NLJ’s profile. She added that Mayer Brown continues to focus on protecting individual rights, such as representing the rights of transgender students in controversial cases over bathrooms and those seeking asylum throughout the US.
Mayer Brown participates in pro bono and community service efforts around the world, believing them to be a critical component of the profession and an important factor in establishing its true excellence as a law firm.