At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, the commitment to providing pro bono services has been a tradition since its founding in 1901 and remains a core value today. 

The pro bono projects tackled by the firm often involve cutting edge legal issues resulting in the creation of new policies and laws, and changes to individual lives. Whether it’s maintaining two neighborhood offices solely dedicated to pro bono work, maintaining two full-time pro bono fellowships for lawyers interested in seeking positions in public service, or providing free legal services to legal aid clients or immigrants seeking asylum from persecution, the firm has proven its dedication to pro bono service and its standing as one of the best firms doing pro bono work.

Between 1993 and 2017, Hunton & Williams, a signatory member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge©,  met or exceeded the goal of providing more than 3 percent of its billable time to pro bono services. Hunton & Williams was recognized in 2009 with the Pro Bono Institute Pickering Award for its extraordinary record of lawyer participation in pro bono services. In 1999, the firm was awarded the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award for its noteworthy contributions in extending legal service to the poor and disadvantaged through the firm’s neighborhood pro bono office model.

Between 2009 and 2017, 100 percent of Hunton & Williams’ full-time US lawyers participated in pro bono projects. Within the same time span, the firm's lawyers across its domestic and international offices donated more than 45,000 hours of service to low-income and charitable clients.

 

Leadership 

Pro Bono Leadership Committee

Neighborhood Offices, Fellowships and Awards

  • Neighborhood Offices

    The Hunton Andrews Kurth neighborhood offices are pillars of the firm’s pro bono program. 

    Church Hill Office

    In June 1990, Hunton Andrews Kurth established a satellite office in Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood to provide pro bono services to financially limited persons. For a modest fee, which the firm donates to charity, the Church Hill office offers legal services in the following subject areas:

    • family law (uncontested divorce, adoptions, name changes)
    • housing and real estate (landlord-tenant and housing issues)
    • guardianships
    • The office also accepts (without fee) all uncontested divorce case clients from the general Richmond area who are referred by the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.


    The firm is dedicated to the idea that lawyers must address the increasing cost of legal services and make legal services more widely available to all citizens. The Church Hill office is a reflection of the firm’s commitment to that idea. More than 90 lawyers volunteer to represent clients at the Church Hill office each year. 

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 
    2300 East Marshall Street 
    Richmond, VA 23223 
    p +1 804 775 2248 
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    University of Virginia School of Law/Charlottesville Office

    In July 2005, Hunton & Williams, in partnership with the University of Virginia School of Law, opened a pro bono office on the campus of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, law school students and Hunton Andrews Kurth lawyer volunteers work from this office to provide free legal services to low-income Charlottesville area victims of domestic violence and to immigrants seeking asylum from persecution in their country of origin. 

    1010 Preston Avenue 
    Charlottesville, VA 22903 
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    f +1 434 220 0062

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  • Fellowships

    In response to federal budget cuts to legal aid services, Hunton Andrews Kurth maintains and funds two fellowship positions for lawyers whose time is entirely committed to pro bono work. Each fellowship is a two-year position and is a valuable opportunity for young lawyers pursuing a career in public service. As a member of the litigation team, each fellow spends a great amount of time in the courtroom and serves as a useful resource for other lawyers seeking assistance on pro bono matters. One pro bono fellow is based in Richmond and recruited in even numbered years; the second is recruited in odd numbered years and is currently based in New York. The fellowships, enhanced in 2004 to provide $10,000 each year for law school debt repayment, are two-year positions and are valuable opportunities for young lawyers pursuing careers in public service.

    Richmond Pro Bono Fellow

    The Richmond fellow dedicates a large percentage of his or her time to Church Hill neighborhood office matters and the other portion to matters handled through the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Fellows have primarily handled divorce, custody and guardian cases, child and spousal support appeals, housing cases, asylum and adoption cases. While the substantial portion of legal work is performed for Central Virginia Legal Aid, it is expected that the fellow is fully integrated into Hunton Andrews Kurth, with all the normal opportunities available for legal training, associate development and social participation.

    The current Richmond fellow is Morgan Brown.

    New York Pro Bono Fellow

    The New York fellow represents immigration clients through Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Legal Aid Society of New York. The New York fellowship started in 2017 after the firm had hosted an Atlanta fellowship for eight rotations. While the substantial portion of legal work is performed through legal service providers in New York, it is expected that the fellow is fully integrated into Hunton & Williams, with all the normal opportunities available for legal training, associate development and social participation.

    The current New York fellow is Pradine Saint-Fort.

     

  • Pro Bono Projects

    Animal Rights
    Asylum/Immigration
    Children’s Rights
    Disability Rights
    Domestic Violence/Protective Orders
    Family Law/Divorce/Custody/Support
    First Amendment
    Housing and Landlord/Tenant
    Innocence Project Cases
    International Child Abduction
    Lawyers for the Arts
    Legal Services for the Elderly
    Micro-lending and Small Business
    Non-Profit Transactional Work
    Prisoners’ Rights and Justice Reform
    Tax Assistance
    Veteran’s Disability Claims

    Awards

    Firm Recognition

     

    Attorney Recognition

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