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Pro Bono - Volunteering our skills 

As a responsible business, we use our skills and resources to promote a fairer and more prosperous world.

To us this means using our particular legal skills and expertise to uphold the rule of law, promote human rights, provide local access to justice and fight corruption. Our pro bono practice is global and we draw on our cross-practice and cross-border networks to provide over 30,000 hours of legal support to over 200 not for profits and vulnerable individuals every year.

Promoting a fairer and more prosperous world also means supporting access to education and opportunity, which is why our global offices support young people from low income backgrounds to realise their aspirations.
Collaboration and focus are key to this, which is why we are committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals until 2030. We continue to partner with other businesses, governments, not for profit organisations and civil society to do so.

Below is a snapshot of some of our volunteering projects and the impact that we’re really proud of:
Brief from Linklaters helps Texas inmate Bobby Moore in successful death penalty appeal

In the U.S. it is unconstitutional to execute prisoners who have an intellectual disability, but the tests for establishing whether someone has an intellectual disability vary between states.

Over 60 of our lawyers from 14 global offices were instrumental in securing a U.S. Supreme Court victory in April 2017 for Bobby Moore, a 57-year-old man with intellectual disabilities, who has been held on death row in Texas for more than 35 years. Based on research across 25 jurisdictions and four international courts, we submitted an amicus curiae brief in relation to Mr Moore’s appeal on behalf of a number of leading international medical institutes and organisations, including the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the World Psychiatric Association.  The Supreme Court found that the test applied by the Texas Criminal Appeals Court for determining which defendants are intellectually disabled in capital cases violated the U.S. constitution.

Pro bono work from Linklaters ushers in new era in Liberian law

Over the course of the past seven years, we have worked alongside the Thomson Reuters Foundation and global not for profit Lawyers Without Borders to foster access to justice and economic development in Liberia.
Two hundred Linklaters lawyers have so far contributed more than 5,800 pro bono hours to compile summaries covering over 3,700 of Liberia’s cases.

As a result, judges and lawyers are now able to access, consider and build upon Liberian case precedent, reinstituting the foundation that was abruptly abandoned during the political upheaval and civil wars under Charles Taylor.