Hogan Lovells employees donated more than 115,000 hours in 2015, the firm’s annual global Pro Bono Practice report reveals.
Furthermore, the international firm reported that employees devoted about 200,000 hours for citizenship activities last year coinciding with the launch of two major global programs.
The first program, called the Global Citizenship Policy, involved asking everyone at Hogan Lovells to donate at least 25 hours per year as part of employees’ normal work duties.
The second program, named the Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, saw the firm focus much of its citizenship activities on combating gender-based abuse and improving educational and economic opportunities for girls and women.
“The annual pro bono report is a reflection of how we make a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice,” said T. Clark Weymouth, pro bono partner at Hogan Lovells. “Giving back to the community is an integral part of who we are as a firm.”
As part of the with Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, the firm worked with DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Tahirih Justice Center, RAINN, Schools Consent Project (SCP).
Achievements of that program include helping draft legislation raising the minimum age for marriage in Virginia to 18, helping victims of domestic violence obtain civil protection orders against abusers, and supporting Barefoot College – which teaches rural women to be solar engineers to address the basic energy needs of their villages – expand its regional training centers into Africa.
“As a global organization that recognizes and supports the contributions of women to society and business, Hogan Lovells embraces the opportunity to be an agent for change for gender equality,” said Yasmin Waljee, international pro bono director at Hogan Lovells. “We are very proud of all the work we have done to advance this cause.”