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Pro Bono As We See It
April 6, 2011

CPBO’s 2010 Benchmarking Survey Results

While still relatively new to the world of formalized pro bono programs, we have seen a tremendous surge in in-house pro bono over the past few years. To provide some perspective, CPBO developed a Benchmarking Survey that it has shared with the Signatories to the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM and attendees of the Forum on In-House Pro Bono.

The 2010 survey highlights key trends in in-house pro bono and enables legal departments to compare their pro bono programs and projects with those of other departments.

Do legal departments budget for pro bono? More than 54 percent of survey respondents do. Are partnerships with law firms a popular trend in in-house pro bono? They are for more than 68 percent of respondents. Eight topics in total are covered, including:

• Program management, committees, and policies
• Malpractice insurance
• Pro bono participation and evaluation
• Company support for pro bono
• Pro bono projects

The results of the 2010 Benchmarking Survey reflect data CPBO collected from Challenge Signatories. In addition to the measurement set by the Challenge – 50 percent participation by legal staff in pro bono – the survey serves as another tool to track and measure in-house pro bono.

For more information regarding the 2010 Benchmarking Survey or in-house pro bono, contact Eve Runyon, director, Corporate Pro Bono.