Porter Hedges believes that pro bono activities are an important professional responsibility. Our firm subscribes to the American Bar Association Code of Professional Responsibility core principles that the basic responsibility for providing legal services for those unable to pay ultimately rests with the individual lawyer. Further, that every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or workload, should find time to participate in serving the disadvantaged.
Our entire firm encourages a strong commitment to providing pro bono legal services. To foster an environment of helping those in need, Porter Hedges maintains an internal pro bono awards program presented yearly to the attorney, or group of attorneys, who has shown an outstanding commitment to pro bono practice. As well, the firm offers credit hours to both of counsel and associates attorneys for their pro bono efforts.
Our lawyers have the ability to work with several service providers, pre-screened by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, in and around the Houston area. In 2006, Porter Hedges, along with several other major law firms, joined the Houston Bar Association’s Equal Access to Justice Program. In doing so, the firm has made a five-year commitment that indicates it will uphold a pledge to provide representation in a certain number of cases each year, based on the number attorneys in the firm. The goal of the program is to provide pro bono representation in at least 1,250 cases through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program each year, and to increase that goal in each following year.