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Corporate Pro Bono, The Legal Aid Society of New York, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Provide Free Legal Advice to New York City Area Microentrepreneurs and Small Businesses

July 18, 2008

On June 24, 2008, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a joint project of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute, along with the Legal Aid Society of New York, partnered with the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and volunteers from The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. to conduct a Clinic in a Box℠. The Clinic was held at the offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and provided vital pro bono legal services to ten microentrepreneurs and small businesses from New York City and the surrounding area as the Goldman Sachs legal department utilized their pro bono legal skills to contribute to a larger company-wide community service initiative.

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Wyeth Legal Department Receives Pro Bono Awards

July 17, 2008

The Wyeth Pro Bono Program recently received the International Law Office Global Counsel Pro Bono Award at a black tie dinner in New York City.  The award, presented with the support of the Association of Corporate Counsel, recognized Wyeth’s creation and launch of a pro bono program at three of Wyeth’s sites over the past year.

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Veterans Pro Bono Continues Apace

July 17, 2008

The Pro Bono Institute continues to work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) to implement and expand the veterans’ pro bono program. The interest and commitment to the program shown by law firms and legal departments has been incredible, and the volunteer base has continued to grow. Eight months since the October 31 orientation and launch of this initiative, the referral of veterans’ benefits cases at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or Appeals Management Centers is thriving, and more than 145 cases have been placed, thanks to the more than 50 law firms and legal departments who have signed on to volunteer their time.

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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the Legal Department of Symantec Corporation Help More Than 100 Immigrant Women and Children

July 17, 2008

On May 14, 2008, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program hosted a clinic for the Legal Department of Symantec Corporation.  The clinic was designed to help undocumented women and children, who are the survivors of domestic violence, to complete applications to receive passports from the Mexican Consulate, allowing them to take the next step towards legal residency and ultimately to secure legal protection against their abusers.

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Recent Corporate Pro Bono Challenge℠ Signatory – Qwest Communications – 2008 Best Legal Department

July 17, 2008

Qwest Communications International, Inc., a recent Corporate Pro Bono Challenge℠ Signatory, has been named the 2008 Best Legal Department by Corporate Counsel magazine.  It is important to note that the company exemplifies the type of top-down support for pro bono work that can make a pro bono program flourish.  The article, reprinted below, notes that several changes in the legal department that were introduced by General Counsel Richard Baer, have reduced turnover rate from 25 percent to 4 percent.  The article also notes that participation in the nascent pro bono program (initiated in 2003) has increased every year, with a thirty percent increase between 2006 and 2007.  While much of the article focuses on the changes Baer has introduced to Qwest’s legal department, the strength of the legal department’s pro bono efforts was an important consideration in the award process.  Read below for details.

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New Challenge℠ Signatory: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

July 17, 2008

Please welcome the newest Corporate Challenge℠ Signatory: Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The legal department of this company has become the latest corporate legal department to sign onto the Corporate Challenge℠, developed by Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a joint initiative of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute.  The Corporate Pro Bono Challenge℠ is designed to empower corporate legal departments to identify, benchmark, and communicate their commitment to pro bono service. To view the full text of the Corporate Challenge℠ or to find the complete list of Corporate Challenge℠ Signatories, visit the CPBO website.

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Esther Lardent Named One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years

July 1, 2008

The recent 30th Anniversary issue of the Legal Times celebrated the achievements of ninety D.C. lawyers of the past thirty years.  In doing so, Legal Times named the Pro Bono Institute’s President and CEO, Esther Lardent one of the 90 greatest Washington, D.C., lawyers of the last 30 years and a champion in the legal community.  As the article notes, Lardent has pioneered key pro bono practices for large law firms and corporate legal departments and has developed a widely-quoted business case for pro bono.  Furthermore, she has “set an example that other D.C. lawyers should follow.”

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Corporate Pro Bono, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, and Reed Elsevier Inc. Sponsor Free Legal Advice Clinic for Atlanta Nonprofits

July 1, 2008

On May 7, 2008, the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a joint project of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute, partnered with the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and 46 volunteers from Reed Elsevier, Inc. to conduct a Clinic in a Box℠. The Clinic was held at the offices of Paul Hastings and provided vital pro bono legal services to seventeen non-profit organizations from Atlanta and the surrounding area by Reed Elsevier attorneys, led by Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kenneth R. Thompson II, as part of a gathering of global members of their legal department. The department is a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge℠.

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The Business Benefits of Skills-Based Volunteerism

July 1, 2008

For some years the legal community has recognized the institutional benefits of pro bono service.  As articulated in the Pro Bono Institute’s seminal publication, Making the Business Case for Pro Bono, there is “a hard-headed business rationale for pro bono work.”  Increasingly, the corporate/business community has discovered that the business case is not limited to the legal profession. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal and a study sponsored by Deloitte LLP reflect the corporate world’s embrace of “pro bono” as a business imperative.

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First Wills For Heroes Event in Pennsylvania

June 28, 2008

Thirty-nine first responders received free legal services from lawyers from Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP and in-house counsel from Exelon Corporation at the first Wills For Heroes event held in Pennsylvania.

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