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Pro Bono As We See It
May 9, 2013

Pro Bono Isn’t Just For Litigators!

Tranactional PB PicTransactional or business-related pro bono projects can offer meaningful long-term solutions for individuals, families, and communities in need.  In addition, involving non-litigators is one of the most effective ways to enhance pro bono performance and broaden institutional support for pro bono.  Law firms and legal departments that want to expand their pro bono programs by involving their business and transactional lawyers, however, often report difficulty in finding a steady, varied, and reliable stream of appropriate transactional pro bono matters.  It is one of the most common topics of requests for expert consultation that we receive, and we can help!

Recently, PBI hosted a webinar, “Marketplace of Ideas – Transactional Pro Bono Projects,” produced in conjunction with our partner West LegalEdcenter.  This program, which was the first in a series of webinars reprising and supplementing the most popular sessions from the 2013 PBI Annual Conference, featured brief presentations on a number of transactional (non-litigation/business-related) pro bono projects and provided an opportunity to learn about and be inspired by these replicable offerings and developments.

Presenters and topics addressed include:

Loan Relief for Victims of Unscrupulous For-Profit Schools

Microenterprise Project

Debt for Nature Swaps

Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Program

Restoring Foreclosed Properties to the Market

We are grateful to the presenters for sharing their knowledge, expertise, and innovations.

You can access the webinar on-demand here at your convenience, along with the supplemental materials.  The program is free of charge to anyone associated with a Law Firm Pro Bono Project Member Firm; please contact Director of Strategic Communications David Lipscomb for the promotional code or for information on becoming a Member of the Law Firm Project.  In-house counsel and staff can obtain registration information from Corporate Pro Bono Project Assistant Eric Florenz. CLE credit is available in many states for this program.

For more ideas and tips, be sure to check out the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s publication “Transactional Pro Bono Opportunities for Law Firm and In-House Attorneys,” which is available (free for Law Firm Project Members) at our Resource Clearinghouse.

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