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Since its founding, Covington has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. The firm is frequently recognized for pro bono service, including ten times being ranked the number one pro bono practice in the U.S. by The American Lawyer. Much of our pro bono work is anchored in meeting local needs, serving economically disadvantaged individuals and families in our surrounding communities, but the firm also has a long history of serving vulnerable clients and important causes throughout the U.S. and the world.

  • The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Covington's pro bono practice among the nation’s top ten for 27 of the past 30 years, including ten years at number one.
  • Since 2003, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference has recognized those firms where at least 40% of the attorneys perform 50 or more pro bono hours during the previous year. Covington has achieved this so-called “40 at 50” benchmark each year.
  • Law360 has honored Covington as a Pro Bono Firm of the Year for our work on a range of issues, including securing the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees, defending civil rights and combatting racial profiling, reforming the criminal justice system, and representing prisoners on death row.
  • National Law Journal - Covington was named to NLJ's Pro Bono Hot List in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Three Covington lawyers have been honored as "Champions" for upholding the profession's core values through public service, pro bono efforts, and advocacy for civil liberties - Robert Long (2012); S. William Livingston (2011); Anthony Herman (2010).
  • Her Justice, a non-profit organization that provides free legal help to women living in poverty in New York City, presented Laura Torre with the John K. Geiger Award.

Other organizations and nonprofit partners which have recently honored Covington are listed below.