The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
December 21, 2010

100 and Counting!

In November, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO) announced a tremendous and exciting milestone for in-house pro bono—100 Signatories to the CPBO ChallengeSM.  These Signatories include companies that represent a range of industries and regions, and have legal departments of varying size.

Since Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. joined as the 100th Challenge Signatory, CPBO has added The Gap, Inc., United Continental Holdings, Inc., Golden State Foods Corp., , McDonald’s Corporation, and Deloitte to the list of Signatories. A diverse collection of legal departments, this group shares at least one thing in common—a serious commitment to pro bono.  Prior to Walmart, CPBO welcomed to the Challenge the Association of Corporate Counsel, US Bancorp, and Symantec Corporation.

The recent uptick in Challenge Signatories reflects unprecedented momentum and growth of in-house pro bono.   In the past five years, legal departments across the country have moved to formalize their volunteer efforts by developing pro bono programs for their lawyers and staff.  An important goal of the Challenge is to enable Signatories to measure the impact of their pro bono work on both the community and also on the legal department staff.

You can learn more about the pro bono successes of highlighted CPBO ChallengeSM companies by reading the Challenge 100 Spotlight stories or by visiting the CPBO website for a full list of Challenge Signatories.  Over the course of the coming year, The PBEye and CPBO will spotlight a different Challenge Signatory each month, so be sure to keep an eye out for more to come from the CPBO ChallengeSM Signatories and in-house pro bono.