For the Public Good
We see the practice of law as a privilege. With that privilege comes the responsibility to give voice to those who would not otherwise have access to the law or the ability to champion the cause of justice. As signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, we strive to donate at least three percent of total billable hours to pro bono every year.
Diversity of Culture
Pro bono legal work serves the communities where we live and work. At the same time, it contributes to a diversity of culture and perspective that prepares our attorneys and our clients to do business in the increasingly diverse global marketplace.
Pro bono defines our history and identity as firm. Over the last century, our founding partners helped Minneapolis newsboys obtain better wages, served as a prosecutor in the Nuremberg war crime trials and represented the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in enforcement of an executive order to desegregate the armed forces. Firm leaders in Kansas City and Minneapolis established groundbreaking nonprofits and foundations that continue to serve the communities where we live and work.
Advancing Our Profession and Our Communities
Staunch supporters of legal advocacy, we encourage our attorneys to carry on the pro bono traditions of our founders. We embrace our legacy today by helping pro bono clients obtain justice in a world where the deck is often stacked against them. Our litigators go to court on behalf of low-income individuals and the organizations that serve them, and our transactional attorneys share their expertise with nonprofits and low-income entrepreneurs and inventors of color.
At the Heart of Our Identity
Stinson's pro bono program, spearheaded by our Pro Bono Committee and implemented by Pro Bono Director Theresa Hughes and Pro Bono Manager Katie Cronin, encourages and supports involvement at every level – from partners to summer associates. Our strategic plan expects all partners to contribute substantially to the firm's legacy through pro bono legal work and community service. Through pro bono, our attorneys and paralegals gain skills and invest in their communities, while receiving billable hour credit for their work.
Our pro bono work champions a variety of issues. A snapshot of some of our key projects: