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Pro Bono Counsel

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Washington, DC
United States

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking experienced pro bono counsel for its nationally recognized pro bono program, resident in the firm’s Washington DC office. This role will focus on advancing the goals of the Firmwide pro bono program as crafted by the Firmwide Pro Bono Management Committee, with specific responsibility for working with the lawyers in the Washington DC and Texas offices, as well as helping out firmwide, as needed. This is an exempt position reporting to the global director of pro bono.

Basic responsibilities will include identifying and developing pro bono opportunities, appropriately staffing matters, maintaining a robust network of internal and external relationships, mastery of pro bono policy and protocols, and helping to perform essential risk management functions. This pro bono counsel will engage regularly with the rest of the creative and dynamic pro bono team to coordinate Firmwide projects, and will help maintain consistency of policies and practices across all the firm’s offices.

Pro Bono Duties:

Develop and design pro bono projects consistent with the firm’s goals, based on attorneys’ areas of interest and community needs
Develop and maintain relationships with legal aid providers
Build and maintain relationships and projects with Firm paying clients interested in partnering on pro bono projects
Provide orientation and guidance to new associates and incoming laterals
Promote and distribute pro bono opportunities to attorneys seeking pro bono work
Ensure appropriate staffing of matters at all times, including to meet subject matter needs
High level oversight of pro bono matters and broad supervision of case trajectory
Understand and ensure compliance with internal and external pro bono policies and practices
Conduct intake and approval of new pro bono matters, including navigation of conflicts process
Organize clinic participation opportunities and manage large research projects
Connect attorneys with resources for pro bono matters as appropriate, including training and precedential materials, experts, vendors, and translators
Meaningfully contribute to program strategy and planning
Assist attorneys with navigating and solving conflicts, ethics, and professionalism questions, including communicating with Firm general counsel as appropriate
Maintain strict attention to and control of numerous essential areas of risk management
Collaborate on internal and external communications and presentations
Coordinate recognition events
Provide reports on pro bono metrics to practice group and office leadership and various departments
Analyze pro bono data to help develop and maintain program and spot important trends
Manage charitable giving and administrative budget. Oversee sponsorship of and attendance at events held by our pro bono partner organzations.
Attend legal aid provider, bar association, and other meetings and conferences within the pro bono and legal services community
Research external pro bono awards K&E attorneys may be eligible for and coordinate nominations of qualified candidates as appropriate
Coordinate response to legal service organizations status requests and audit inquiries
Additional responsibilities as necessary
Qualifications & Requirements


Demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for the delivery of pro bono legal services
Commitment to client service
Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate with others to achieve common goals
Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize, delegate, and multitask in a fast-paced environment
Strong critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving ability
Reliably sound judgment
Immaculate written and oral communication skills
Flexibility as our program evolves
We are particularly interested in candidates with significant immigration or nonprofit governance experience. (Please note that neither are requirements.)
Spanish fluency would be helpful, but is not required

Law degree
Minimum of five years law firm or legal service organization experience involving pro bono program management
Mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Willingness and ability to learn additional software programs.
Amenable to occasional travel for conferences and office visits.

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