The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
December 23, 2010

Pro Bono Clinics Take Off!

Corporate Pro Bono just returned from its fourth trip to the Bay Area this year! During each visit, CPBO partnered with local organizations to host a Clinic-in-a-BoxSM.  CPBO is excited to see unprecedented interest among corporate legal departments and ACC Chapters in hosting clinics. In 2010, CPBO significantly increased the number of clinics it hosted, a clear statement of the momentum behind in-house pro bono.

CPBO’s off-the-shelf clinic model provides in-house attorneys the opportunity to meet with local nonprofits or small businesses to provide a free legal assessment of the organization.  As part of the clinic, volunteer lawyers also receive onsite CLE training in preparation for meeting with clients.

As the year draws to a close, we’re happy to report that this year more than 300 in-house attorneys participated in CPBO’s 10 clinics, providing legal assistance to 94 nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Together, these 94 organizations serve nearly 218,000 low-income people. Without a doubt, clinics have had a far-reaching impact—and we congratulate and commend in-house attorneys for their commitment to pro bono and their communities!

For the latest updates about CPBO’s whereabouts, visit us on Twitter.  And if you’d like more information about the Clinic-in-a-BoxSM model, or to inquire about partnering with CPBO to host a clinic, contact Eve Runyon, CPBO project director.