Making a World of Difference
Equal access to justice is vital for a fair society, especially for indigent individuals and nonprofit organizations that have limited resources for legal services. At Shearman & Sterling, we believe that engaging in pro bono work is an essential aspect of every lawyer’s practice. In that spirit, we encourage our lawyers to work together to affect change for those who need it most.
Our pro bono practice is multi-jurisdictional, working to address issues around the world. We have seen our lawyers work successfully in settings ranging from a legal clinic for low-income entrepreneurs in San Francisco to Tanzania, where we supported the efforts of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
In 2019, Shearman & Sterling lawyers and staff devoted approximately 49,000 hours to pro bono matters, ranging from assisting low-income veterans to micro-finance and development work for low-income entrepreneurs around the globe.
We have a successful record throughout our history of producing practical results for community causes, achieved by combining outstanding legal skills with a deep belief in promoting social justice. This long-standing principle is the hallmark of the Shearman & Sterling pro bono practice. We look forward to continuing this tradition with every new generation of lawyers at our firm.