A Message from Our Chairman
Throughout Arent Fox’s 75-year history, we have fought to address unequal access to legal representation through our unwavering pledge to pro bono.
The firm’s commitment to pro bono predates its founding. In 1939, name partner Albert E. Arent was one of four lawyers who launched the Civil Liberties Section in the Criminal Division at the US Department of Justice – what would later become the Civil Rights Division. At the time, it was widely interpreted that the protection of civil liberties and the prevention of violence was primarily the responsibility of state and local governments. Mr. Arent sought to change that. He prepared two cases to test whether the federal government had jurisdiction over loosely enforced civil rights laws. Mr. Arent was successful in both cases and helped usher in a new era for the role of the federal government in seeking to protect the rights of all people. He considered that part of his career “perhaps the most meaningful,” in terms of its long-term influence.
Mr. Arent’s legacy of public service endures. I believe that the character of Arent Fox is best expressed by its people, and these stories reveal the qualities that set Arent Fox apart. I thank you for your interest in Arent Fox’s pro bono efforts.
Mark M. Katz, Chairman
Current Issue – 2016 Pro Bono Report
- Remembering Connie Raffa
- Breaking the Silence: A Milestone War-Crimes Trial
- Upholding Our First Amendment Rights
- Remedying Sentencing Disparities
- Rising Up for the Disabled
Pro Bono Report Archive
Access our archive for a look back at some of Arent Fox’s pro bono efforts over the last decade: