The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
September 12, 2011

Chicago Firms Tackle Pro Bono Strategically

The PBEye was delighted to see a recent article in Chicago Lawyer Magazine highlighting Chicago-based law firms committed to making pro bono an institutional priority.  The article cites the findings from the 2010 Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge Report, and how these firms have responded to the “ebb and flow” of attorneys’ pro bono participation over time.  The firms quoted in the article include DLA Piper LLP*, Holland & Knight LLP*, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Mayer Brown LLP*, SNR Denton*, and Winston & Strawn LLP*.

The article highlights three strategic tactics to increase pro bono participation at large law firms: professionalization of pro bono/recognition of pro bono as a practice group and the importance of an institution-wide commitment to pro bono; the value of aligning pro bono with associate training; and partnering with other firms and organizations in large-scale, high-impact projects.

The PBEye is happy to see law firms taking the recommendations of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project to heart.  If you would like advice or assessment of your firm’s pro bono program, please contact Tammy Taylor.  Expert consultative services are one of the many benefits of Law Firm Pro Bono Project Membership — sign up today!

*denotes Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®

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