On September 18, 2007, Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, hosted its fourth annual Corporate Pro Bono Day. Co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Delaware Valley (DELVACCA) Chapter, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, and Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a national partnership project of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute, Corporate Pro Bono Day provided in-house counsel the opportunity to provide valuable legal assistance to small businesses in need. Based on CPBO’s Clinic in a Box℠ model, Corporate Pro Bono Day attracted approximately 26 corporate volunteer attorneys and 22 small businesses. The volunteer participants represented a number of corporate law departments, including Exelon Business Services, GlaxoSmithKline, Pep Boys, and Comcast.
The Clinic was held at the Enterprise Center, a minority business development center located in the historic American Bandstand Building in West Philadelphia. It consisted of two sessions, the first providing the in-house volunteers with training on small business issues, and the second allowing the in-house volunteers to consult with Philadelphia-area small businesses on issues that could be detrimental to their organizations if left unresolved.
Expert attorneys at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP conducted the training session for which volunteer participants received CLE credit. Counsel at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP also developed comprehensive and invaluable training materials that the volunteer attorneys will be able to rely on in consulting with small business organizations outside of the clinic.
For more information about upcoming Onsite Pro Bono Clinics, or to learn about other resources that CPBO has to offer, please contact Eve Runyon, Project Director of CPBO, at 202.662.9669 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cpbo.org.
Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO) is a national pro bono partnership project of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute. Through online services, technical assistance to the in-house community, and educational outreach, CPBO encourages and supports the participation of in-house counsel in pro bono services.