Stinson LLP – 2023 Seeds of Justice Award

On October 5, Nebraska Appleseed will gather again to celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all during the 2023 Good Apple Awards. We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees.

The Seeds of Justice Award honors outstanding legal contributions to public interest law and/or pro bono contributions by private lawyers and law firms advancing the public interest through public policy reform.

“I have had the good fortune of working with a variety of attorneys at Stinson over the years, and I can say without hesitation that they are one of the most committed and consistent firms in terms of providing pro bono resources, not only in Nebraska but across the country. Their Senior Pro Bono manager Katie Cronin is not only brilliant, but dedicated to ensuring that Stinson is consistently going above and beyond their general obligations to provide pro bono services. Katie has not only connected us with attorneys from their Omaha office, but from their offices across the country, ensuring that we always can partner with the most talented attorneys on a broad array of issues from internal compliance matters, to policy research, to even submitting a brief to the United States Supreme Court. I am proud to be associated with Stinson and would stand behind the quality of their work, and the attorneys that work there, any day.” – Robert McEwen, Legal Director

For more than a century, Stinson’s attorneys, paralegals and staff have volunteered time and counsel to help people in need and to make our communities stronger, more resilient, more welcoming places to live and work. They invest their pro bono resources in programs and communities around the country, including the Omaha community and state of Nebraska.

Each year, Sinson’s attorneys and paralegals provide thousands of hours of pro bono legal representation to low-income individuals and the nonprofit organizations that serve them. Stinson’s pro bono program, spearheaded by their Pro Bono Committee with members throughout their offices, encourages and supports involvement at every level – from partners to summer associates. The firm’s strategic plan describes their annual pledge to donate 3% of total billable hours to pro bono legal service as one of their key values and commitments. In 2022, the firm exceeded this goal, donating 3.44 percent of total billable hours to pro bono, for a total of 22,900 hours at a value of $8.72 million in free legal services. Last year, attorneys and paralegals in every office and every practice of the firm participated in the pro bono program, with 100 percent associate participation.

Pro bono defines Sintson’s history and identity as a firm. Their pro bono program is committed to helping pro bono clients obtain justice in a world where the deck is often stacked against them.

For almost 15 years, Sintson has donated almost 600 hours to Nebraska Appleseed ranging from Medicaid Work Requirements, Intellectual Property, and research on Minimum Wage, Medicaid, Census, and Immigration Bond Funds. 

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Join us in celebrating Stinson LLP at the 2023 Good Apple Awards on October 5, 2023 or make a donation in honor of this year’s honorees. For more information, contact Drew Duncan at

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