Pro bono activities are an important professional responsibility. Thompson & Knight’s pro bono program benefits the public, the individuals we serve, and the development of our attorneys’ skills and sense of professional and public service.
We approach pro bono clients with the same dedication and service ethic we give to all of our valued clients. Thompson & Knight recognizes the dignity each individual deserves through its steadfast commitment to pro bono and other community service activities.
“Doing pro bono work here at TK has given me the chance to make a difference for people in my community. One of my pro bono clients is a 10-year old girl from El Salvador who now wants to become a lawyer when she grows up. There is nothing more fulfilling than making such a great impact on someone else’s life.”
More than 5,000 pro bono hours contributed by TK attorneys to their communities in 2019
Received the 2018 Silver Award from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Two Partners recognized as Empire State Counsel® by the New York State Bar Association
The projects and organizations our attorneys have contributed to include:
- Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and South Dallas Legal Clinic. Thompson & Knight has spent significant hours in support of the South Dallas Legal Clinic (SDLC) and other pro bono activities. The SDLC is a clinic for people who fall below poverty levels; TK staff performs interviews and checks paperwork to ensure that the persons requesting assistance fall within the SDLC’s guidelines. Once eligibility is established, our attorneys provide legal expertise to help address problems.
- Housing Crisis Center (HCC) in Dallas. The HCC is dedicated to preventing homelessness and stabilizing families, the elderly, and the disabled in decent, affordable, and permanent housing. Clients who attend HCC’s workshops require legal assistance to avoid wrongful evictions and address other tenant needs. Our attorneys have staffed this clinic once a month for more than 15 years. The Volunteer Center of Dallas County has honored the Firm for its work with the HCC.
- New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (NYC BAP). The NYC BAP was launched by the Legal Services of New York (LSNY) in response to the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which made it more difficult for consumers to obtain relief from debts through bankruptcy. Through NYC BAP, firms throughout New York City help low-wage workers file bankruptcy petitions in order to stabilize their lives and help them remain in the workforce.
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS). VLS is dedicated to helping the overflow of low-income individuals seeking help from the local legal aid office. Its mission is to help low-income clients access the civil justice system by providing volunteer attorneys who donate free legal service and representation and by supporting and training those attorneys. Thompson & Knight has received numerous accolades and awards over the years from VLS.
- KIND (Kids in Need of Defense). KIND is an organization whose goal is to protect children’s rights and well being as they migrate alone in search of safety. Typically, attorneys taking on cases through KIND represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.
- SPCA of Texas. TK represents the SPCA, the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, in various forms of litigation and transactional work. For example, we assist the SPCA in obtaining restraining orders stopping the mistreatment of animals and enforcing wills and trusts donating funds to the SPCA.
In addition to the examples mentioned above, our pro bono legal work ranges from handling adoption cases to handling death penalty cases to representing nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of the less fortunate.