At Alston & Bird we passionately embrace the communities in which we live and work. Whether it’s through our diverse slate of pro bono legal commitments or our varied community service efforts, serving those in need occupies a central position in our culture, our business plan and our hearts.
Our volunteer attorneys spend a significant number of hours each week defending civil rights in noteworthy cases, such as advocating for voiceless children, supporting asylum seekers, representing victims of domestic violence, and generally giving access to justice to those who might otherwise be overlooked. We work for systemic change in our legal system and for meaningful change in the lives of individuals. Alston & Bird attorneys have both a local and global impact through the grants we award, the boards we serve on and the clients to whom we donate our time and expertise.
The firm’s community service work is led by the involvements and interests of our attorneys and staff. Throughout the calendar year, we offer a variety of opportunities for Alston & Bird employees to positively influence their communities. From knitting blankets for homeless children and building Habitat for Humanity houses to driving cancer patients to treatment and sending care packages to troops overseas, Alston & Bird employees find tangible support from the firm for whatever causes move them to action. Our projects aim to have immediate and long-term impact on organizations and individuals in the most need.
In Their Own Words
What Our Clients Say:
“And they did a great job – my lawyers – they actually fought for me.” - A client granted asylum.
“I cannot thank you enough! ... Your pro bono legal assistance made all the difference in the world." - Family member of a client with special education needs.
“You made the situation bearable and for that, I am truly grateful.” - Victim of domestic violence.
What Our Attorneys Say:
“Pro bono opportunities at Alston & Bird are virtually unlimited.” – Richard Hays, Managing Partner
“Providing pro bono service is an ethical responsibility, vitally important to the profession of law. There's hardly an endeavor more rewarding than using your talent for the good of others.” – Mary Benton, Pro Bono Partner
"Because attorneys are uniquely qualified to fill that need, pro bono work allows me to use my legal skills and experience to make a more meaningful contribution to my community." - Diego Marquez, Senior Associate
“Pro bono opportunities allow me to use my professional knowledge to help charitable organizations navigate the formation and tax-exempt application processes, which are foreign to most of our pro bono clients." - Ashley Menser, Counsel