Reed Smith once again has been named to the Pro Bono Recognition Roster of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), which recognizes Reed Smith as one of 44 leading law firms and corporations providing pro bono services in Illinois. The pro bono roster was announced at PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception in Chicago on June 21.

Related Professionals: Christopher K. Walters

The firm achieved its best year ever for pro bono hours, delivering 92,000 pro bono hours across its global platform to support communities and people in need. It worked on matters of great public importance and achieved positive outcomes for pro bono clients.

“Pro bono is a central part of what it means to be a lawyer at Reed Smith,” said Senior Pro Bono Counsel Christopher Walters. “Last year, our lawyers worked on numerous matters of great public importance, such as protecting voting rights in Texas, litigating in Ohio for fairer redistricting plans, and racial justice work. And in a case that reached national prominence, our lawyers conducted an independent investigation and prepared a report on the case of Richard Glossip, a state inmate in Oklahoma on death row since 1997.”

Reed Smith's areas of pro bono focus include:

  • Protecting voting rights
  • Providing refugee resettlement and immigration assistance
  • Meeting the needs of children
  • Combating human trafficking
  • Supporting military veterans
  • Providing relief from natural disasters
  • Achieving justice for those wrongly convicted or sentenced

PILI engages, inspires and empowers individuals in Illinois and works to ensure equal access to justice. Its pro bono program works to increase the availability of pro bono legal help for those who cannot afford an attorney in Illinois.

Read more about Reed Smith’s pro bono initiatives.