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Who says lawyers don’t have a heart? These five Washington-based firms are among the top 20 in the country when it comes to the amount of pro bono work they do, according to a 2007 American Lawyer ranking.
|Law Firm||National Rank||Average Pro Bono Hours per Lawyer||Example of Recent Pro Bono Effort|
|Covington & Burling||2||153||Working on about a dozen death-penalty cases; in the past two years, two new trials were granted and one death sentence was overturned.|
|Arnold & Porter||5||132||Helps low-income DC residents organize to buy their buildings when faced with displacement as older buildings are renovated.|
|WilmerHale*||13||113||Has helped veterans appeal the denial of their applications for disability benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration.|
|Hogan & Hartson||14||87||Works with DC Appleseed to improve the District’s response to HIV/AIDS—has helped to evaluate the city’s progress and to lobby for a needle-exchange program.|
|Howrey||18||116||Often represents victims of torture who have fled their country and are seeking asylum. Every first-year associate takes on an asylum case.|