Jones Day has been named to The National Law Journal's 2018 Pro Bono Hot List for its success in several major pro bono initiatives in 2017, ranging from ensuring access to the Rule of Law for refugees; advancing the rights of veterans in need of legal services; securing the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing; and advancing the Rule of Law, with an emphasis on human trafficking issues, in countries around the world. Jones Day is one of only 14 firms across the nation to receive such recognition.
The 2018 Pro Bono Hot List focused on lawyers and law firms that took on "some of the biggest issues of our time." In its profile of Jones Day's efforts, The National Law Journal focused on the Firm's work in Laredo.
In March 2017, Jones Day established a full-time presence near Laredo, Texas, aiming to provide representation to women with claims for immigration relief in the Laredo detention facility. The firm selected Laredo as the site for this innovative project because the detention facility houses a substantial population of women with claims for immigration relief arising from the gender- or gang-related persecution they faced in their countries of origin. Prior to Jones Day's presence in Laredo, these detainees had no access to free legal services.
The profile featured an interview with David DiMeglio, partner in the Firm's Los Angeles Office and project co-leader, who described the innovative nature of the project. "No law firm has ever undertaken a project of this scope and approach in a detention facility, " DiMeglio told The National Law Journal.
In 2017, the Firm devoted over 40,000 hours to Laredo detainees. This work has been performed by nearly 500 lawyers from 30 practices and every one of our U.S. offices. We have engaged over 200 clients out of Laredo, assisting them with their legal needs inside the detention facility, including by representing them at Master Calendar and bond hearings, and—for those women who are not eligible for release—by handling the expedited trials to adjudicate their claims for immigration relief. To the extent that Jones Day's clients are released, the Firm's representation continues in the jurisdiction to which they relocate. Jones Day attorneys have obtained the release of over 130 clients pending trial.
For more information on the Firm’s pro bono work including the Laredo Project, please visit the Firm’s pro bono page and the video describing the Laredo Project.
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