Community Impact

We seek out high-impact pro bono cases that effect change. And we see these cases through, taking them to trial, even to the U.S. Supreme Court. For example, Munger Tolles attorneys:

  • Achieved a victory before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a death row inmate who argued that he had been sentenced without adequate expert mental health assistance.
  • Led an investigation by the San Francisco Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement into institutionalized bias and issued more than 80 recommendations to address bias.
  • Obtained a landmark settlement requiring the city of Pomona to protect homeless residents from the unlawful seizure and destruction of their property.
  • Won several cases that allowed immigrants fleeing from violence in their native countries to remain in the United States.

All attorneys enjoy tremendous latitude in the kinds of pro bono cases they take on and are encouraged to find matters that are meaningful to them. The firm treats pro bono hours the same as billable time, and there is no cap on hours that an attorney may devote to pro bono work.

Our lawyers are also actively involved with nonprofit boards and civic work, including the RAND Civil Justice Institute, Mayo Clinic, the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) of the California Bar, California Fair Political Practices Commission, the California Women’s Law Center, and anti-poverty non-profit LIFT-LA. We encourage and support all attorneys to find ways to become involved in the community.