Developing Our Lawyers
At Crowell & Moring, we recognize that our lawyers become better people — and better lawyers — by doing pro bono work that is personally and professionally meaningful and benefits the community at large. That’s why Crowell & Moring provides pro bono opportunities for all of our lawyers, whether a summer associate still in law school, an associate with a budding practice, a senior partner forty years into a rewarding career, or anyone in between.
From their first day at the firm, summer associates and junior associates alike are encouraged to take on a pro bono case that suits their interests and needs. This is our associates' time to explore: counsel and partners may be paired with younger attorneys to provide them valuable guidance and training in a specific legal discipline, or our associates may choose to dive into a new area of law themselves.
Pro bono provides enhanced opportunities for our attorneys to develop and hone their legal skills. Whether litigating a trial, arguing a motion, conducting a deposition, or negotiating with opposing counsel, our lawyers and our clients benefit from the development opportunities that abound in our pro bono caseload. And litigation is not where the training begins or ends — transactional opportunities are plentiful for those who prefer that type of work.
In addition to traditional pro bono work, our Loaned Lawyer Program provides valuable career development opportunities. Through six-month, back-to-back rotations at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, associates chosen for participation in the program gain extensive written and oral advocacy experience under top-rate supervisors. And because loaned lawyers typically make numerous court appearances and work with clients and opposing counsel as part of the program, they also develop critical client communication, case management, and negotiation skills.
Recognizing the valuable training and developmental opportunities presented by pro bono representation, Crowell & Moring maintains the same commitment of excellence to its pro bono clients as it does to its private clients. Many of Crowell & Moring's pro bono matters are referred by non-profit organizations with whom we partner, and who may serve as co-counsel on larger cases. Together with our own experienced lawyers, attorneys from these organizations help provide invaluable training and supervision to our more junior attorneys, while encouraging our early career lawyers to take the lead in these important matters. The wide variety of cases we take on also serves to enhance cross-disciplinary cohesion and collegiality throughout the firm, as attorneys and staff alike interact and work with members of other practice groups.
Our dual commitment to community service and the development of our lawyers is underscored by the importance we place on pro bono work. Of their own accord, many of our lawyers volunteer hundreds of hours of their time annually; as a firm, we encourage all of our lawyers to do pro bono work by providing billable credit for their efforts.