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Founded in 1942 and now with approximately 400 attorneys in offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, Arent Fox is a dynamic, diversified firm with 31 practice groups and an emphasis on litigation, intellectual property, life sciences and real estate/finance. The firm’s founders had a commitment to community involvement, pro bono work and diversity which remain strong today.
Arent Fox generously provides in-kind office space and technological support to the DC Affordable Law Firm. Additionally, Arent Fox attorneys provide substantial professional mentoring to the firm’s attorneys and approximately 1,500 hours per year in pro bono support.
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. Their clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. They also advise governments and public sector bodies. DLA Piper provides generous pro bono and financial support to DC Affordable Law Firm, with annual pro bono contributions of approximately 1,500 hours per year.
Georgetown University Law Center
Founded in 1870, the Georgetown University Law Center takes pride in its Jesuit heritage – and in its motto: “Law is but the means, justice is the end.” This dedication to public service means that the Law Center’s professors start new clinics and provide legal help to those without representation. It means that its students and alumni represent clients pro bono, run for public office, or start nonprofit organizations around the world.
“Georgetown Law has a very strong commitment and mission to improving access to social justice,” says Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor. “This is a crucial issue. There are about 100,000 people in D.C. alone who have real legal needs but are just above the legal aid eligibility limit and can’t afford to pay for lawyers.”
–Georgetown Law Dean, William Treanor
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
As the only public law school in the District of Columbia, and as an HBCU committed to opening the legal profession to groups that are currently underrepresented at the bar, UDC Law trains students to promote justice, value diversity, and interact effectively with people from a range of racial, social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. UDC Law is a vibrant, multi-dimensionally diverse law school that affords all students the opportunity to become deeply engaged in the struggle to provide representation to low- income people and public interest causes. The law school is perennially nationally ranked. For years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the law school among the top ten in the nation for Diversity and Best Clinical Training. And, the school is routinely recognized for its commitment to public interest. The school has attracted a stellar faculty of experienced attorneys and scholars. Its staff is multi-talented and deeply committed to the mission. And, our graduates thrive as attorneys at all levels of government and in private practice in the Washington region and beyond. UDC Law alumni include state supreme court judges, dozens of other jurists, law school deans and law professors. As former Attorney General Eric Holder said at a UDC Law Gala, “We need lawyers trained in the UDC Law clinical model now more than ever.”