Littler Mendelson has always valued the community-minded and pro bono efforts of its lawyers and staff. As the firm has grown, so have the needs of those who require legal assistance, but can’t afford it. Littler’s intent with its pro bono program is to provide much needed assistance to those in the greatest need.
We encourage each of our attorneys to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono work each year, and welcome contributions of more. To support our commitment to pro bono work, the firm provides attorneys with fifty percent billable hours credit for the first 100 pro bono hours worked. So, for example, an attorney who works 100 hours on pro bono matters would receive 50 hours of billable credit. This allows the Firm to contribute from its bottom line to pro bono efforts, while at the same time, allows the attorney to make an equal contribution of his or her time.
One popular area for pro bono work is providing legal services regarding a full panoply of employment issues for non-profit community organizations, such as organizations involved in providing services or assistance to the poor, minorities, youth or the elderly. Littler attorneys provide pro bono services in a variety of other areas as well, depending on the interests of individual attorneys.
Littler attorneys volunteer their time to a wide variety of non-profit organizations and bar associations. Some of these groups include:
- Design That Matters whose mission is to create products that improve the services of social enterprises in developing countries
- Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of the nation’s premier legal services organizations since 1974 which provides free assistance to more than 10,000 people of every racial and religious background in the Los Angeles area
- The Alliance for Children’s Rights provides free legal services and advocacy to protect the rights of impoverished and abused children and youth so that they have safe, stable homes, health care and the education they need to thrive
- The Woodland’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses
- Neighborhood Legal Services whose mission is to meet the civil legal needs of the poor and vulnerable in communities through effective legal representation and education
- Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest that uniquely combines the resources and commitment of affiliated groups, social services and its nine partners of northern New Jersey organizations to assist domestic violence victims and their families with a wide array of services
- Partners for Women and Justice that empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice
- Life Skills, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with mental disabilities
- Additionally, many of our attorneys sit on the boards of bar association pro bono committees.
The many hours of service Littler attorneys have provided to various charitable and legal organizations have not gone unappreciated. They have been acknowledged and thanked with a number of awards:
- Pro Bono Service Attorney Award from the New York State Bar
- New York Women’s State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award
- The Nathaniel Award presented by the Daily Record in New York
- United Way/J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award
- Award of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco
- Goldenberg Wall of Honor Award presented by the Life Skills Foundation
- Community Leadership Award for Diversity from the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego
- Overall Outstanding Service Award from Legal Aid of Arkansas
- Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Three Littler attorneys have won the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California