Fried Frank's pro bono program continues the Firm's long-standing tradition of public service. The Firm's tradition was apparent as far back as the 1950s, when former partner Colonel George A. Spiegelberg represented an army staff sergeant accused of treason, many believed unfairly, in the landmark case of United States v. Provoo. It continued into the 1960s when former partner William Josephson was instrumental in founding the Peace Corps, and when retired name partner Sargent Shriver founded the National Center for Poverty Law, which is now recognized as the Shriver Center – Sargent Shriver National Center for Poverty Law.
This commitment is currently reflected in the wide-ranging pro bono work performed over the years by attorneys, summer associates and legal assistants in such areas as representing indigent individuals accused of crime, assisting micro-entrepreneurs with finance and real estate issues, representing non-citizens who seek to enter or remain in this country or are threatened with denial of basic civil liberties, working on behalf of veterans to secure much needed benefits and representing other persons in desperate need of legal assistance.
The Firm's pro bono program is designed to further several goals. The first, of course, is to provide representation to people of limited means, and to worthy public interest organizations. The program is also there to help each of the Firm's attorneys fulfill their ethical obligation to provide representation to those in need. In addition, the program is designed to ensure skill development in all areas of practice and foster relationships between partners and associates.
Finally, through the program, the Firm strengthens its ties to various minority communities, which cultivates overall diversity in the Firm. In addition to the many pro bono opportunities that are available at the Firm's US offices, lawyers in our London, Paris and Frankfurt offices are also involved with public service and provide pro bono legal services.
We are proud of our pro bono tradition and the lawyers who help to keep it alive, and expect to be leaders in pro bono in the decades to come.