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April 15, 2011

Submit Your Nomination for the CPBO Partner Award

Corporate Pro Bono is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award.  If you know of an outstanding pro bono partnership project involving a legal department, submit your nomination to CPBO by June 3.

The annual award recognizes in-house legal departments that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to pro bono and will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York at Gotham Hall on November 3, 2011.  Last year, CPBO presented Accenture plc*, Caterpillar Inc.*, and Merck & Co., Inc.*,  in partnership with Baker & McKenzie** and PILnet (formerly PILI), with the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award for their innovative work  seeking to empower women in Nepal.

Accenture, Caterpillar, and Merck, in partnership with Baker &  McKenzie and PILnet, created a virtually unprecedented and innovative inter-company, cross-border approach to meaningfully impact humanitarian issues.  The partnership project convened nearly 70 lawyers in 11 countries.  Together the team analyzed international legal mechanisms and best practices designed to deter workplace sexual harassment; promote principled approaches to equal pay and minimum hour regulations; foster occupational health and safety; and incorporate fundamental rights as defined by international laws, treaties, and conventions.  As a result of the partnership’s work, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision decrying unfair workplace practices and ordered legislation to address the issue.

Know a great partnership to submit for the award?  Recipients must be comprosed of at least one legal department and one or more non-legal department partners (i.e. a law firm or a public interest group).  The criteria for selection are:

1.) A legal pro bono project that has a demonstrated impact on its community/target group;
2.) Substantial involvement by in-house lawyers;
3.) Tangible steps toward making the partnership sustained; and
4.) Innovative substantive and/or structural (e.g., delivery model) approaches to the effort.

Please submit four copies of your nomination by June 3, 2011 to Eve Runyon, director, Corporate Pro Bono via email or by mail at Eve Runyon, c/o Pro Bono Institute, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  For more information about the award or the nominations process, please contact Eve Runyon at 202.729.6694.

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