Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a project of Pro Bono Institute, created the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award to recognize innovative pro bono collaborations of in-house legal departments with law firms and public interest organizations. Pro bono partnerships that include at least one in-house legal department with one or more law firms and/or public interest organizations are eligible. A subcommittee of the CPBO Advisory Board, with assistance from CPBO’s staff, selects the award recipients.
In 2015, CPBO introduced separate categories for Large Law (a legal department of 50 or more lawyers) and Small Law (a legal department of 49 or fewer lawyers) to better recognize exceptional partnerships involving legal departments of all sizes.
PBI presents the CPBO Partner Award annually at its Annual Dinner, widely publicizing the award recipients’ exemplary projects.