Message From Joanna and Tom In a year where seemingly every email started with “in these unprecedented times,” where we were constantly reminded of the pervasive influence of systemic racism, and where we were mentally pushed to the limit, instead of retreating, our attorneys and staff members doubled down on doing good.
This report shows the incredible passion, time, and commitment that DWT brought to pro bono matters and social impact initiatives in 2020. It also highlights the force-multiplying power of corporate partnerships and what happens when law firms collaborate with their clients to do good together.
While dealing with the stresses of a global pandemic, our people volunteered their time and talents—often working alongside our clients—to fight for justice and equality. Despite the challenges, we launched more innovative projects, led more nationwide initiatives, protected more constitutional rights, and engaged more meaningfully on antiracism efforts than we had hoped we might achieve over the course of a single year. The pandemic, summer of racial reckoning, importance of fighting for justice, demanding equity, and protecting rights inspired our attorneys and staff to go above and beyond. And they did.
We hope that these stories and videos move and inspire you, like they did us. We can’t wait to continue this work into the next year and beyond. Sincerely,
Joanna Boisen Chief Pro Bono & Social Impact Officer
Thomas R Burke Partner and Chair, DWT Pro Bono Committee