We The Action, Initiatives, Press Release

Civic Nation Adds Legal Pro Bono Organization ‘We The Action’ to Its Network of Generation-Defining Initiatives

Today, Civic Nation announced We The Action will join the organization’s existing network of initiatives focused on creating a more inclusive, equitable America. We The Action is a community of more than 41,000 lawyers across the country who donate their time to address issues including voting rights, racial justice, supporting immigrant communities, COVID-19, the eviction crisis, and more.

Civic Nation started in the final years of the Obama-Biden Administration and became a nonprofit home for several of the Administration’s education, gender equity, and civic participation initiatives. We The Action joins Civic Nation’s existing family of initiatives seeking to drive change in America through education, conversation and action.

We The Action lawyers donate their services to help communities facing some of today’s most pressing threats. In just one week following the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, 400 lawyers signed up to help Afghan refugees.

“We The Action has engaged a powerful community of lawyers committed to using their skills for good. Whether they are helping Afghan refugees resettle in the United States or protecting the right of every American to vote, We The Action has shown time and again that they are able to face our biggest challenges head on and we are thrilled to have them join our family of initiatives at Civic Nation,” said Civic Nation Board Chair Valerie Jarrett.

Kyle Lierman, CEO of Civic Nation, added: “Civic Nation continues to grow and we are excited to welcome We The Action into the fold. We look forward to engaging their community of lawyers to continue to protect voting rights, advance gender equity, combat the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to crises wherever they arise.”.

Since 2017, We The Action has built an expansive network of lawyers ready to volunteer their time and skills:

  • More than 41,000 volunteer lawyers have joined We The Action. That includes lawyers from all 50 states — plus DC, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam.
  • We The Action volunteer lawyers have donated nearly 250,000 hours of free legal services worth more than $103 million. That includes 170,000 hours donated by lawyers in 2020 to defend democracy and ensure the election was safe, secure, and accessible for everyone.
  • We The Action has partnered with more than 400 nonprofits to provide free legal support they need to make a difference in communities nationwide.

“At We The Action, we know that lawyers have unique skills to help protect the most vulnerable, fight for justice, and defend our institutions and values. We’re thrilled to join the Civic Nation team alongside other national initiatives working on some of the most pressing issues facing the nation. Whatever challenges come next, our lawyers are ready to rise to the occasion and fight for progress,” said Drew Larsen, interim Executive Director of We The Action.

Civic Nation’s initiatives also include When We All VoteMade to SaveIt’s On UsALL IN Campus Democracy ChallengeThe United State of Women and End Rape on Campus.