Serving Justice, Serving People
As a law firm, our lawyers have chosen careers in the law for a reason — they
are passionate about making sure justice is served. A justice system is only as
real and just as those who embody it: without lawyers willing to provide pro
bono service, it’s merely an ideal.
Pro bono service — serving justice — is central to our professional
responsibility to the greater community and represents just one way in which we
demonstrate McGuireWoods’ Core Values.
Excellence, Client Service, Integrity, Collegiality, Community
As part of our commitment to client and community service, McGuireWoods’
lawyers are involved in significant pro bono work, including death penalty
cases, child support enforcement prosecutions, housing law cases, battered
spouse representations, wills and powers of attorney, court-appointed criminal
defense, and general counseling for nonprofit groups.
We also provide services to community groups such as The Children’s Law
Center; U-Turn, a sports performance academy dedicated to empowering young
people through athletics; and pro bono services to veterans, among others. We
are long-standing members of the Pro Bono Institute, and other legal aid
organizations. Associates, counsel and staff lawyers are credited for up to 50
billable hours for approved pro bono service.
Recent McGuireWoods pro bono efforts:
When an amateur basketball club sought to monopolize a charity-based sports
training facility, McGuireWoods’ lawyers sidelined the attempt, freeing the gym
to help hundreds of aspiring athletes.
Thanks to legal residency secured for her by McGuireWoods, a Virginia mother
sleeps peacefully at night, safe with her thriving family in the United States —
and a world away from the nightmares that pervaded her life in Nepal 10 years
Thanks to the special immigrant status obtained for him by a McGuireWoods pro
bono trial team, a Honduran teen can sling on his backpack, hold his head high
and feel safe as he attends a local high school in Burlington, N.C.
In fall 2015, McGuireWoods partnered with in-house attorneys and paralegals
from Citi to draft advance directives for low-income seniors in Jacksonville,
Fla. Citi had approached McGuireWoods earlier in the year to develop pro bono
partnerships with the firm’s Jacksonville office — an excellent opportunity to
serve the community and develop deeper relationships with Citi, a McGuireWoods
A startup nonprofit organization that provides expressive arts programs for
military veterans and their families gained tax-exempt status as a public
charity, thanks to pro bono legal services provided by McGuireWoods.