Munger, Tolles & Olson earned the No. 15 spot in The American Lawyer’s June 27, 2018 report on pro bono work at the nation’s largest law firms.
In addition, the firm placed No. 7 on the magazine’s ranking of average pro bono hours per attorney, reporting 125.3 hours per attorney in 2017.
Pro bono matters that contributed to Munger, Tolles & Olson’s ranking included:
- Winning a U.S. Supreme Court victory on behalf of an Alabama death row inmate who argued that he had been sentenced without expert mental health assistance.
- Obtaining a complete appellate victory granting California renters the right to trial by jury of the habitability defense to an eviction action.
- Winning a preliminary injunction barring the unconstitutional enforcement of “gang injunctions” by the City of Los Angeles.
- Representing New Mexico parents and school children in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit seeking to establish education as a fundamental right and ensure that children from disadvantaged populations are provided a sufficient education as required under the state constitution.
Each year, The American Lawyer evaluates the commitment of Am Law 200 firms to pro bono service during the prior calendar year. Firms are ranked based on a score comprised of the average number of pro bono hours lawyers perform and the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work.