June 28, 2018 — Hughes Hubbard maintained one of the top spots in The American Lawyer’s annual pro bono special report, ranking as a top five firm in U.S. pro bono commitment for the third year in a row.
According to the report, published in the magazine’s July 2018 edition, HHR came in fifth place nationally with a 106.6 pro bono score. The rankings are based on a score that combines the percentage of lawyers who performed 20 or more hours of pro bono work with the average number of hours contributed in 2017.
The American Lawyer ranked those components independently, placing HHR fifth in average hours with 129.5 hours per U.S. lawyer and ninth in breadth of commitment (percentage of lawyers who performed 20 or more pro bono hours). The report showed that 83.8 percent of HHR’s lawyers performed at least 20 hours of pro bono work.
HHR devoted substantial time to immigration cases last year and achieved many successes, including helping a Jamaican father with a drug conviction facing deportation win the right to remain in the U.S. after being held in detention for over three years. The firm also obtained asylum for individuals from the Middle East, Central America and Russia; and obtained legal permanent residence through special immigrant juvenile status for several unaccompanied minors.
In other pro bono victories, the firm won a $40,000 jury verdict for a client who was sexually assaulted by prison corrections officers while he was incarcerated; and worked with the New York Legal Assistance Group to reach a $3.9 million class action settlement on behalf of low-income New Yorkers against a New Jersey business and its law firm for an alleged fraudulent debt collection scheme.