Background - Pro Bono (Landing)

Strong For Those In Need

Pro bono publico means for the public good. From Day One, we challenged ourselves to live up to this phrase; to create a law firm that’s about forming strong, long-lasting relationships and working hard to improve the communities that surround us. We’ve always believed we could make a positive difference. More than twenty years ago, we were the first DC-based firm to elect a full-time public service partner and we've twice been honored as Pro Bono Firm of the Year in Washington, D.C. Today, our lawyers contribute more than 45,000 hours in pro bono legal services annually to the indigent and suffering in our local communities and around the world. And that's not counting the untold hours our professional staff add to the effort. We take pride in the variety of work we do and the relationships and development opportunities pro bono provides for our attorneys. But we focus on giving a voice to those who might not otherwise be heard: the homeless, children, immigrants, individuals seeking justice in the criminal system, and victims of domestic violence. Pro bono is for the good of all those in need. Because in helping others, we also help ourselves.

Eldon H. "Took" Crowell 1924-2010

“Took gave more than he got and his unselfish love led to our becoming the best law firm on this planet.”

~ Crowell & Moring staffer

Our late founding partner, Took Crowell, led the way in our commitment to service in our communities. Took was himself a leader in the public service community, honored by the Legal Aid Society with its Servant of Justice Award in 1999 and by Equal Justice Works with its Scales of Justice Award in 2000. At Crowell & Moring, he challenged others to serve, too, fostering a pro bono tradition that would grow better and stronger. He even initiated an idea for summer associates that has become a tradition as unique and beloved as Took himself – the "Took Tour," a bus tour exploring some of the poorest neighborhoods in D.C. and the nonprofit organizations that address problems in those communities – organizations with which Crowell & Moring works closely. The tour serves as a reminder that our community is much more than just its downtown business area. Took's legacy still inspires each of us at Crowell & Moring in our efforts to serve those in need.