The Winston & Strawn’s pro bono committee is comprised of partners, associates and staff throughout the firm who are committed to excellence in serving the public interest. We have received nearly 70 awards in the past decade commending our efforts, and have been among the first firms to adopt essential foundational pro bono initiatives…
- To adopt a written pro bono policy in 1991
- To become a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge
- To establish a well-funded charitable foundation
- To hire a full-time attorney pro bono counsel
Today, the firm’s pro bono practice is managed by two full-time attorneys: Greg McConnell, who has 15 years experience in pro bono management; and Maria Kutnick, who has nearly a decade of public interest immigration experience.
WINSTON & STRAWN PRO BONO CORPS
The Winston & Strawn Pro Bono Corps is a team of full-time attorneys dedicated exclusively to the provision of pro bono legal services. Launched in November 2014, the Pro Bono Corps program was created to address important community legal needs throughout the constellation of Winston offices and to enhance and expand the firm’s already top-flight pro bono practice.
Pro Bono Corps Attorneys work closely with the firm’s pro bono counsel, as well as community legal aid and pro bono partners, to develop an active individual caseload. They also work extensively with internal teams of pro bono attorneys to serve a broad array of firm pro bono clients.
The initial group of Winston & Strawn Pro Bono Corps Attorneys work out of the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. The Los Angeles-based Pro Bono Corps Attorney concentrates on immigration issues, including the recent substantial influx of unaccompanied immigrant minors entering the country without documentation. The New York-based Pro Bono Corps Attorney concentrates on community development and the legal needs of nonprofit corporations.
WINSTON & STRAWN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Created in 2011, the Winston & Strawn LLP Fellowship Program places incoming associates in positions at local public interest law organizations of their choice during the period following graduation and prior to their official start date at the firm. The fellowship program was created to provide participating associates an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience, and also provide much needed service to public interest law organizations. Since the inception of the program, nearly 50 incoming associates have participated and worked at a wide range of agencies across the country.
WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES
The Winston & Strawn Foundation was established more than two decades ago to provide financial support to civic and charitable organizations. Our qualified contributions amount to more than $1 million annually in cash donations to organizations involved in health and social welfare, community, arts and culture, education, and legal advocacy activities.
Through the Winston & Strawn Foundation, the firm has developed lasting relationships with many civic and nonprofit organizations in the communities across the world, putting us in touch with our community, clients, and co-workers.
Select Case Studies and Achievements
The firm has had many notable pro bono successes and served numerous prominent clients during the last decade. The following is a selection of noteworthy matters that we have recently been involved in.
- Winston Wins Release of Man Wrongly Convicted and Imprisoned for More Than Two Decades
- Winston Secures Historic Settlement, Policy Changes on Behalf of Immigrant Families
- Winston Defeats Hundreds of Trademark and Copyright Infringement Claims on Behalf of Pro Bono Client
HEAR OUR PRO BONO COUNSEL
Pro Bono Committee
Kimball Anderson, Chair Emeritus
Amanda Groves, Chair