The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
March 20, 2012

Bite-Size Pro Bono Opportunities

Many law firm and in-house lawyers are interested in pro bono but hesitate to participate due to concerns about time constraints.  They may be apprehensive about making open-ended, unlimited time commitments, taking on projects that require an immediate response and conflict with other duties, or both.  Recognizing these concerns, firms and legal departments have begun exploring and offering time-limited pro bono opportunities to their lawyers and legal staff.

At our upcoming Annual Conference, PBI will present “Time-Limited Pro Bono,” a session led by Jim Bishop, program director at the Archdiocesan Legal Network; Andy Fisher, counsel at Exxon Mobil ; and Karen Grisez, public service counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP*†.  The panelists will discuss the importance of finite pro bono opportunities at their respective organizations and provide examples of successful models that can be replicated at other firms and legal departments.   These tried-and-true approaches will help convince busy lawyers and pro bono novices alike to get involved with discrete yet meaningful projects.

Drop us a line to learn more about the Annual Conference.  We hope to see you later this month in Washington, D.C.!

* denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®
† denotes a Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project