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2008 Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable and Networking Dinner Highlights

April 7, 2008

As in years past, the Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable and Networking Dinner was one of the most valuable sessions at the 2008 Forum for In-house Corporate Pro Bono. The session offered an informal and friendly environment for in-house counsel to exchange information and ideas about the most innovative and effective practices in in-house pro bono.

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Oregon State Bar Amends Rule Governing Admission of In-House Counsel to Allow for Pro Bono Work

April 7, 2008

As noted in an earlier article in the Pro Bono Wire and on the Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO) website, one potential obstacle to greater in-house pro bono participation is the fact that some in-house corporate attorneys, though admitted and in good standing in one or more jurisdictions, are not licensed in the states in which they currently work. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Jeff Hyman at Intel Corporation, the Oregon State Bar, and several law firms, the Oregon State Bar recently amended Admissions Rule 16.05 on the Admission of House Counsel.  The House Counsel Rule allows attorneys who have been admitted to the practice of law in another state to practice law as house counsel in Oregon.  Until recently, attorneys admitted under the House Counsel Rule were limited to practicing exclusively for the business entity and were not authorized to appear before a court or to offer legal services to the public.

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Best Practice Profile – Citigroup

April 1, 2008

CITIGROUP INC. BEST PRACTICES IN PRO BONO April 2008 Pro Bono Contact: David Goldberg, Associate General Counsel Program Background In 2005, Michael Helfer, general counsel of Citigroup Inc. (Citi), and each of the general counsels of Citi’s primary business units came together and decided that Citi was overdue to have its own pro bono program. […]

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Facing the Challenges of Citizenship – Election-Related Pro Bono

March 20, 2008

Every four years, elections become a particularly hot topic at a national level. Coinciding with the presidential election cycles, attention focuses on the magnitude of the obstacles faced by the underrepresented and disenfranchised during these important national elections. Yet, problems with elections at a national level are generally representative of wider and pervasive systemic legal issues throughout the United States at the state and local level. Pro bono lawyers are at the forefront of legal efforts during and in-between major national election cycles to cure legal flaws in the election system which threaten the accuracy, legitimacy, and fairness of the voting process.

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Corporate Spotlight: Lego GC Committed to Children

March 20, 2008

It’s not every day you come across a corporate lawyer who devotes two business days a week entirely to pro bono work — all pertaining to the representation of children or indigent parents — for three different legal aid organizations.

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Best Practice Profile – Bank of America

March 1, 2008

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION BEST PRACTICES IN PRO BONO March 2008 Pro Bono Contact: Jason Schubert, Assistance General Counsel Program Background In October 2005, Timothy J. Mayopoulos, executive vice president and general counsel of Bank of America Corporation (Bank of America), commented to the members of the legal department that those who do pro bono […]

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The Bank of America Corporation Legal Department to Receive National Pro Bono Award

February 1, 2008

On Friday, February 29, 2008, the legal department of Bank of America Corporation will receive the Pro Bono Institute’s 2008 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award during a reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  Timothy J. Mayopoulos, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation, will accept the award on behalf of the legal department.  The award, given each year to an individual or organization that has provided exemplary pro bono service, will be presented in conjunction with the Institute’s 2008 Pro Bono Seminar and Forum on In-house Corporate Pro Bono – a global conference that brings together major law firms, corporate legal departments, and public interest and civil rights organizations to focus on joint efforts to enhance and improve pro bono service. 

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Corporate Spotlight: Brad Smith of Microsoft

January 23, 2008

In the September 2007 issue of InsideCounsel magazine, Brad Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Microsoft Corporation, as well as a Co-Chair of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, wrote an editorial urging the in-house legal community to change the way they look at pro bono. 

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First-Ever Pro Bono Leadership Convocation Sparks Energetic Discusson about Pro Bono

December 11, 2007

Over 120 leaders from in-house legal departments and major law firms gathered on November 6, 2007, for the first-ever Pro Bono Leadership Convocation, sponsored by the Pro Bono Institute and the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC). Held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, LLP in New York City, the Pro Bono Leadership Convocation brought together representatives of in-house legal departments and major law firms to focus on ensuring that the growing levels of pro bono service at law firms and legal departments more effectively address the need for legal assistance and effectuate systemic changes in our justice system.

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Corporate Pro Bono Highlighted at 2007 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting

December 11, 2007

On October 29, 2007, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a national partnership project of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the Pro Bono Institute, hosted its tenth annual Onsite Pro Bono Clinic in conjunction with the 2007 ACC Annual Meeting in Chicago – the largest annual meeting in ACC history.  Co-sponsored by ACC’s Chicago Chapter, Holland & Knight LLP, and the Community Economic Development Law Project (CEDLP), the Clinic attracted 36 volunteer corporate attorneys and was extremely successful in helping to resolve the legal issues of fourteen Chicago area nonprofit organizations.

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