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October 19, 2011

Stop the Presses for Pro Bono!

Have you heard the news?  PBI announced the winners of its John H. Pickering and CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards today!  This year’s honorees are outstanding leaders in the pro bono community because of the innovative work they have done during the last year.

Morrison & Foerster LLP*, this year’s John H. Pickering award winner, has continued its long-standing commitment to pro bono through countless endeavors. In 2010, their 1,000 attorneys recorded more than 95,000 hours of pro bono services.  “At Morrison & Foerster, we believe it is our responsibility as lawyers to contribute to and support the communities in which we live and work,” Morrison & Foerster Chair Keith Wetmore said. “We thank the Pro Bono Institute for recognizing our dedication to pro bono work and to serving those in need.”  Read the official press release here.

Verizon Communications Inc.** and DLA Piper LLP*, the CPBO Partner Award winners, lead an impressive collaborative initiative with their work on a number of pro bono projects, securing for themselves this year’s CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award.  Randy Milch, executive vice president and general counsel for Verizon, said, “Since we started our pro bono program, hundreds of Verizon’s attorneys have participated and used their skills to provide services to those in need.  Our partnership with DLA Piper is a cornerstone of our program.  By working together with DLA Piper, we have been able to tackle so many projects neither of us could have done alone.  We are deeply honored to receive this award.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from PBI and the CPBO,” said Elizabeth Dewey, U.S. pro bono partner for DLA Piper and director of New Perimeter.  “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments from our pro bono partnership with Verizon thus far and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our clients and nonprofit organizations to help those less fortunate throughout the world.”  Read the official press release here.

The awards will be presented at the 2011 PBI Annual Dinner in New York on Nov. 3.  PBI will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary and will be joined by many of our past awardees.  Register for the dinner today!

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