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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of CPBO?

What types of services does CPBO provide?

Does CPBO provide legal representation or make referrals to private attorneys?

What is CPBO’s relationship with PBI and ACC?

What is the PBI Annual Conference?

What is the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award?

What is the Clinic in a Box® program?

Does CPBO offer pro bono projects?

How do I get started doing pro bono?

How do I identify pro bono opportunities?

How can my ACC chapter get involved in pro bono?

Who should I contact if I am interested in partnering with an outside law firm or legal services provider?

What kind of assistance does CPBO provide law firms? Public interest organizations?

How can I contact CPBO?

 

Q: What is the mission of CPBO?

A: The mission of CPBO is to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. We do so by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono efforts of in-house legal departments in the U.S. and around the world.
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Q: What types of services does CPBO provide?

A: CPBO works to substantially increase the amount of pro bono work performed by in-house counsel and to enhance the pro bono culture of in-house legal departments through expert consulting services, targeted research and publications, online information and services, and outreach and educational programming.  CPBO also works closely with ACC chapters to focus their resources and agendas on pro bono service.  Learn more.
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Q: Does CPBO provide legal representation or make referrals to private attorneys?

A: No. CPBO respects its relationship with its clients as a consulting body and recommends those seeking assistance contact their local legal services program or bar association or go to www.findlegalhelp.org or www.lawhelp.org.
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Q: What is CPBO’s relationship with PBI and ACC?

A: In 2000, PBI and ACC formed CPBO as a joint venture to provide assistance to legal departments, ACC chapters, and in-house lawyers interested in starting and developing pro bono initiatives.
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Q: What is the PBI Annual Conference?

A: The PBI Annual Conference is held each year in Washington, D.C., and offers an opportunity for pro bono practitioners to learn from each other and take advantage of PBI and CPBO’s significant resources.  The conference offers dozens of sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and culminates in a reception for in-house, law firm, and public interest participants.  Learn more about the Annual Conference.
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Q: What is the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award?

A: The annual award presented each fall at the PBI Annual Dinner recognizes in-house legal departments, in partnership with law firms and/or public interest organizations that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to pro bono legal service.  Learn more about the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award.
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Q: What is the Clinic in a Box® program?

A: These half-day clinics provide in-house counsel the opportunity to earn CLE credit while advising nonprofit organizations or small businesses.  They are produced in collaboration with legal departments, ACC chapters, local nonprofit organizations, and major law firms.  To learn more about the Clinic in a Box® program or to find out how your legal department or ACC chapter can co-host a Clinic, contact CPBO.
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Q: Does CPBO offer pro bono projects?

A: CPBO offers a suite of off-the-shelf models designed to create pro bono opportunities for legal departments and ACC chapters: Clinic in a Box® Program – Legal Audit, Clinic in a Box® Program – Select Topic, and Clinic in a Box® Program – Legal Education. All three provide in-house counsel the opportunity to advise nonprofit organizations or small businesses and are produced in collaboration with legal departments, ACC chapters, local public interest organizations, and major law firms. To learn more about CPBO’s Clinic in a Box® programs or to find out how your legal department or ACC chapter can co-host a project, contact CPBO.
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Q: How do I get started doing pro bono?

A: There is no need to recreate the wheel.  CPBO has worked with hundreds of legal departments and can provide consulting services, sample documents, best practice profiles, and tool kits to help you get started.

For more information about how CPBO can assist you in getting started, contact CPBO.
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Q: How do I identify pro bono opportunities?

A: CPBO can assist legal departments and ACC chapters to identify pro bono opportunities in their area.
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Q: How can my ACC chapter get involved in pro bono?

A: There are many ways in which an ACC chapter can get involved in pro bono, depending upon its location, membership, interests, and goals.  CPBO assists ACC chapters in identifying the best opportunities to ensure a successful program.
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Q: Who should I contact if I am interested in partnering with an outside law firm or legal services provider?

A: To learn more about partnering with an outside law firm or legal services provider, contact CPBO.
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Q: What kind of assistance does CPBO provide law firms? Public interest organizations?

A: CPBO is dedicated to in-house pro bono.  Law firms with questions regarding law firm pro bono should contact PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project and public interest organizations should contact PBI.
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Q: How can I contact CPBO?

A: Our contact information is:

Corporate Pro Bono
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 205
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202.729.6699
Fax: 202.296.0303

Email: cpbo@probonoinst.org
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