The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
February 1, 2011

ACC Chapters Show Strong Interest in Pro Bono

Association of Corporate Counsel** (ACC) chapters across the country are increasingly becoming involved in pro bono.  Onsite Pro Bono Clinics and Pro Bono Summits are some of the opportunities chapters are providing to members. Many chapters have a Pro Bono Committee that focuses exclusively on offering pro bono opportunities to chapter members by developing relationships with public interest organizations and identifying opportunities for members.

Today, the Colorado Chapter of ACC will host a Corporate Pro Bono  Clinic-in-a-BoxSM program in Denver.  The clinic will be presented in partnership with Hogan Lovells*, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Resource Center, and Colorado Lawyers Committee and will provide Colorado lawyers the opportunity to provide legal assistance to local nonprofit organizations.

Today’s clinic in Denver marks the third time CPBO has worked with the Colorado Chapter to host a Clinic-in-a-BoxSM.  Other chapters have also worked with CPBO to host this program, including the  San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Dallas – Fort Worth, Houston, South/Central Texas, Austin, Minnesota, and the Northeast chapters.

In addition to hosting clinics, ACC chapters have organized Pro Bono Summits to inform in-house attorneys about opportunities for pro bono and to generate excitement around pro bono. For example, in an effort to highlight the urgent need for pro bono legal services in North Carolina, the Charlotte ACC Chapter’s board of directors hosted a highly successful summit that addressed the unique representation issues faced by in-house counsel, including state licensure questions and professional liability insurance concerns. During the summit, CPBO answered questions pertaining to in-house pro bono. Similar events were also hosted in San Francisco and Tennessee.

*denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®

**denotes a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM