Baker & Daniels LLP is ranked 143rd in the U.S. for its pro bono services, according to a survey of the country's 200 highest-grossing firms. The complete list appears in the July issue of The American Lawyer.
The rankings were based on legal services donated to organizations or individuals that could not otherwise afford them in 2007. Only work that protected civil or public rights or addressed the needs of people with limited means qualified as pro bono.
Baker & Daniels attorneys averaged almost 19 pro bono hours, and more than 23 percent of the firm's lawyers worked more than 20 hours of pro bono service — the two figures used for the 2007 rankings. Baker & Daniels climbed 14 places in the survey from its 157th ranking of the previous year.
"We're proud of the nature, quality and innovation of the pro bono and public interest work our lawyers are doing," said Carl Pebworth, a litigation lawyer and chair of Baker & Daniels' committee on pro bono and public service. "Our firm believes in donating time, resources and training to help provide access to justice for all. Our legal and nonlegal staffs collaborate across practice groups and offices to fulfill that commitment to public and community-based service."
The national rankings do not include work by paralegals, summer associates and other staff, nor time spent on nonlegal work for charities, boards of nonprofit organizations, bar associations and community service.
Earlier this year, Baker & Daniels was the recipient of the Sponsor's Award for Excellent Service by the Indiana Military Department for the firm's development of the Lawyers for Soldiers program. The program provides legal services and assistance to Indiana-based active duty military personnel who are currently serving overseas and their families. The firm also received the Pro Bono Award for Law Firms by the Indianapolis Bar Association in 2007.
Baker & Daniels professionals are currently involved in dozens of pro bono cases involving domestic violence, child advocacy, veteran's benefits, Indiana National Guardsmen and their families, minority businesses, legal needs of the poor, immigration and political asylum, patient advocacy for medical and legal services, criminal appeals in federal court, state appellate appeals, representation of defendants in a capital litigation case, youth sports, arts and GLBT organizations, end of life documents for the elderly and Holocaust survivors, as well as placement of attorneys through a range of existing legal service providers across Indiana and in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1863, Baker & Daniels LLP is one of Indiana's largest law firms. With more than 370 lawyers and legal professionals, Baker & Daniels serves clients in regional, national and international transaction, regulatory and litigation matters from offices in Indiana, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Beijing.