Hogan Lovells Helps Launch "Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services" (SAILS) Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 November 2010 – Working with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, Hogan Lovells US LLP is one of 11 founding legal practices in Washington, D.C. to launch the Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services (SAILS) program, which aims to utilize the talents of senior lawyers in undertaking substantial pro bono projects to help community members in need. SAILS will develop a framework for lawyers approaching retirement age to provide legal aid for those who cannot afford to pay legal fees.

SAILS was conceived as a response to the recession, which claimed the jobs of 12% of lawyers in the legal services community and 40% of the legal service providers for the low income. The widespread layoffs also resulted in thousands of community members unable to find pro bono lawyers to help with their rising legal needs.

SAILS’ unique model may also serve as a template for subsequent senior lawyers programs at law firms across the country, as they become partners in this initiative to manage the volunteer resource. Legal practices are expected to take on a wide array of projects through SAILS, including high-volume representation, systemic litigation, and legislative advocacy.

Arent Fox LLP; Arnold & Porter LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Crowell & Moring LLP; Dickstein Shapiro LLP; DLA Piper; McDermott Will & Emery; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP joined Hogan Lovells in this initiative.

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