Polsinelli is deeply committed to voluntarily providing legal services to individuals and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford representation. That commitment carries over naturally to an obligation in our communities to help ensure the people in those communities are able to secure and preserve their individual legal rights, particularly for those who can’t afford representation. As such, Polsinelli has established an active pro bono practice that focuses heavily in the area of children’s advocacy, with a large portion of our cases involving guardianships and adoptions. Specifically, the firm accepts court-appointed assignments on behalf of indigent clients in the areas of child abuse and neglect, family disputes, and criminal representation.
Over the past fiscal year, Polsinelli attorneys dedicated 33,571 hours toward the firm’s overall pro bono efforts, with approximately 598 attorneys performing more than 20 hours of pro bono work during the course of the year. 75 attorneys devoted more than 3,000 hours to pro bono work in the area of children’s advocacy.
Additionally, several Polsinelli offices and individual attorneys have been acknowledged for service in children’s advocacy, including legal advice and actions surrounding asylum, immigration, juvenile delinquency, and adoption programs.
In recognition of the firm’s pro bono efforts and commitment of resources, the Children’s Law Center named Polsinelli as its 2016 Law Firm of the Year. Also as a nod to Polsinelli’s commitment to pro bono in the area of children’s advocacy, the firm was one of only 20 law firms honored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association with the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award.
Polsinelli has been a sponsoring law firm of the Pro Bono Institute since 2010. The firm is also very active in each of its office’s bar and civic communities, including urban renewal programs and entrepreneur start-ups in low income neighborhoods.