The National Law Journal
has honored McGuireWoods on its “2021 Pro Bono Hot List,” which recognizes law firms for their leadership expanding access to
justice. Honorees will be feted at an awards reception on Oct. 20, 2021, in
“Community is one of
our core values, and we are honored to be recognized for our pro bono work,” said
McGuireWoods managing partner
J. Tracy Walker IV. “Our mission is to help our communities in matters that have the biggest
impact on people’s lives. We are proud of our professionals who give their
time to help advance access to justice.”
Over the past year, the firm played major roles in high-impact pro bono
matters and initiatives, including Triage partnerships in Richmond,
Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Triage, co-led by firm
pro bono director and counsel
Angie Zimmern, was created by McGuireWoods, corporate legal departments and other law
firms to build a “second ring” around legal aid providers in Charlotte,
handling matters outsourced for external management by legal aid. Charlotte
Triage’s core partners include Bank of America, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo,
Husquvarna, Moore & Van Allen, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Charlotte Triage received
the 2020 Corporate Pro Bono Award from the Pro Bono Institute for satisfying unmet legal needs in the
community and vastly increasing pro bono volunteerism.
In addition to Triage, McGuireWoods collaborated with clients and legal aid
organizations to host multiple pro bono clinics in which lawyers assisted
veterans and other low-income clients with legal needs such as benefits
concerns, landlord-tenant disputes, wills, expungements, mortgage matters
and foreclosure issues. The firm won the award for Veterans Program of the
Chambers and Partners’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America
2021 for its innovative initiatives to support military veterans.
McGuireWoods has developed a pro bono
medical-legal partnership (MLP) with Dominion Energy and VCU Health to help patients in Richmond with
the legal issues impacting their health and well-being. Along with
educational advocacy, the MLP focuses on referred matters involving
housing, family law, immigration, and wills and powers of attorney.
The firm also recently launched the Appellate Justice Initiative,
which is dedicated to protecting the rights of criminal defendants and
effecting real change in the criminal justice arena.
McGuireWoods has a long history of providing pro bono legal services. From
death penalty cases and housing law to transactions for nonprofit
organizations and immigration, the firm’s lawyers strive to meet the legal
needs of marginalized people. McGuireWoods’ collaborations with firm
clients, legal aid organizations and other groups to better serve those in
need have transformed legal services and serve as models for increased
access to justice nationwide.