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March 29, 2017

One Month Left For Nominations for the 2017 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award

Time is running out to submit Pro Bono Partner Award Nominations for 2017. Until April 21, CPBO is accepting nominations for the 2017 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. The award recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Nominated partnerships must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners. CPBO may present two awards: (1) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 50 or more lawyers; and (2) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 49 or less lawyers.

The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York City on September 28, 2017.

The 2016 recipients were:

A full list of previous award winners can be found here. To nominate a pro bono partnership, please complete a nomination form and submit a letter of nomination no later than April 21, 2017.

Award criteria and the nomination form are available here. For more information about the award, please contact CPBO.
**denotes a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

 

April 1, 2016

Submit Nominations for the 2016 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award

CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award NominationCPBO is now accepting nominations for the 2016 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. The award recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Nominated partnerships must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners. CPBO may present two awards: (1) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 50 or more lawyers; and (2) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 49 or less lawyers.

The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York City on November 3, 2016.

The 2015 recipients were:

A full list of previous awardees can be found here. To nominate a pro bono partnership, please complete a nomination form and submit a letter of nomination no later than May 20, 2016.

Award criteria and the nomination form are available here. For more information about the award, please contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon.

 

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

November 6, 2015

PBI’s 2015 Annual Dinner Recap

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PBI hosted its 2015 Annual Dinner, themed “Celebrating the Future of Pro Bono,” last night, at Gotham Hall in New York City. Special thanks to our co-chairs Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M Company**; Brett Hart, Acting Chief Executive Officer, United Continental Holdings, Inc.**; and Greg Jordan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ** Click here for more information about the co-chairs.

This year’s theme was fitting as we acknowledged all that we have accomplished in the 20 years since launching the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® while we prepare for the challenges ahead. We also paid a special tribute to PBI’s founder Esther F. Lardent who stepped down as president earlier this year.

As in past years, PBI presented its annual honors – the John H. Pickering and CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards. PBI presented the 2015 John H. Pickering Award to Sidley Austin*† for continually demonstrating its core values by working on behalf of pro bono clients around the world to enhance their quality of life and improve their communities.

This year, for the first time, PBI presented two CPBO partner awards. CPBO introduced separate categories for Large Law (a legal department of 50 or more lawyers) and Small Law (a legal department of 49 or fewer lawyers) to better recognize exceptional partnerships involving legal departments of all sizes. The 2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award – Large Law was presented to BNY Mellon**, White & Case*† and The National LGBT Bar Association for their exceptional work on an innovative tool that leverages technology to provide an online tax resource for same-sex married couples. The 2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award – Small Law was presented to Best Buy** and Volunteer Lawyers Network for their ongoing partnership and commitment to providing legal services to low-income persons. Click here to read more about our awardees.

Immediately preceding the Annual Dinner, PBI hosted its ninth annual Leadership Convocation at the offices of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel*†. Attendees listened as the panelists, Greg Jordan; Kim Koopersmith, Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld*†; John M. Koneck, President, Fredrikson & Byron*†; Laura Stein, Executive Vice President – General Counsel, The Clorox Company**; and Regina M. Pisa, Chairman Emeritus, Goodwin Procter*†, discussed the shifts in the economics and dynamics of major law firms and in-house legal departments that inevitably impact pro bono.

If you were unable to join us, you can still support the mission and work and pay tribute to Esther. Visit probonoinst.org/dinner for more information or contact Kelly Simon at 202-729-6691 or at ksimon@probonoinst.org.

Download the 2015 Annual Dinner Program here.

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

May 5, 2015

Final Reminder: CPBO Partner Award

2015 Partner Award BannerWith just a few days left, be sure to submit your nomination for the 2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award! Nominations are due Friday, May 8 and can be submitted via email or mail. Keep in mind that, new for this year’s selection process, CPBO may now present two awards: (1) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 50 or more lawyers; and (2) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 49 or less lawyers

The award(s), to be presented at the 2015 PBI Annual Dinner, recognize(s) innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award(s) must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

Last year, CPBO presented the Pro Bono Partner Award to American International Group, Inc.** and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) for their innovative partnership to provide pro bono legal services to Afghan refugees whose lives are in danger due to their work with the U.S. government. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

For more information about the award, please contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon or click here.

**denotes a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

April 21, 2015

Reminder: CPBO Partner Award Nominations

ClockThe PBEye reminds you that time is running out to submit your nomination for the 2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award! To nominate a partnership, please complete a nomination form and submit a letter of nomination no later than May 8.

The award, which will be presented at the 2015 PBI Annual Dinner in New York City, recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

For this year’s selection process, a new criteria has been added. This year’s Partner Award will consider whether the partnership addresses a critical legal need and/or particularly vulnerable community/target group. Previous criteria remain the same:

  • a legal pro bono project that has a demonstrated impact on its community/target group;
  • substantial involvement by in-house lawyers;
  • tangible steps toward making the partnership sustained; and
  • innovative substantive and/or structural (e.g. delivery model) approaches to the effort.

In addition to the new criteria, CPBO may now present two awards: (1) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 50 or more lawyers; and (2) to a partnership that includes a legal department of 49 or less lawyers.

Last year, CPBO presented the Pro Bono Partner Award to American International Group, Inc.** and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) for their innovative partnership to provide pro bono legal services to Afghan refugees whose lives are in danger due to their work with the U.S. government. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

For more information about the award, please contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon or click here.


**denotes a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

April 3, 2015

2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award Nominations


CPBO is now accepting nomCPBO Pro Bono Partner Award Nominationinations for the 2015 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. The award recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Nominations must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners. The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York City on November 5, 2015.

CPBO presented last year’s award to American International Group, Inc.**, in partnership with Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), for their collaborative effort to serve the legal needs of refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, whose lives are in imminent danger due to their work with the U.S. government. Together, AIG and IRAP’s work has ranged from successfully obtaining a visa for a client so that he can begin a new life in the U.S. to contributing to three major policy/legislative victories. The first victory in October 2013 was the extension of the Iraqi Special Immigration Visa (SIV) program, followed by landmark legislation that made improvements to the SIV application process, including giving SIV applicants access to counsel in overseas proceedings and the right to appeal SIV rejections, and finally the addition of 1,000 visas to the Afghan SIV program.

A full list of previous awardees can be found here. To nominate a pro bono partnership, please complete a nomination form and submit a letter of nomination no later than May 8, 2015.

Award criteria and the nomination form are available here. For more information about the award, please contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon.

**denotes a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

April 29, 2014

Final Reminder: CPBO Partner Award

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There’s only a few days left, so make sure to submit your nomination for the 2014 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award soon. Nomination forms are due on May 9 and can be submitted via e-mail or mail.

The award, to be presented at the 2014 PBI Annual Dinner, recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

Last year’s award was presented to the Hewlett-Packard Company**, in partnership with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius*†, and National Veterans Legal Services Program. Their innovative partnership served the legal needs of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

Have questions about the award? If so, contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon at (202) 729-6699.

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

April 8, 2014

Reminder: CPBO Partner Award Nominations

ClockThe PBEye reminds you that time is running out to submit your nomination for the 2014 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. To nominate a partnership, please complete a nomination form and submit a letter of nomination no later than May 9, 2014.

The award, which will be presented at the 2014 PBI Annual Dinner, recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

Last year’s award was presented to the Hewlett-Packard Company**, in partnership with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius*†, and National Veterans Legal Services Program. Their innovative partnership served the legal needs of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

For more information about the award, please contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon at (202) 729-6699.

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

April 30, 2013

Final Reminder: CPBO Partner Award Nomination Deadline

The PBEye reminds you that there’s only a few days left to submit your nomination for the 2013 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. Nominations are due May 3 and may be submitted via e-mail or hard copy to CPBO Director Eve Runyon.

The award, which will be presented at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner, recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

Last year’s award was presented to the Ford Motor Company** Office of the General Counsel, in partnership with Dykema Gossett PLLC*†, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc., and Michigan Community Resources. Their innovative partnership served the legal needs of individuals, families, and local nonprofits. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

For more information about the award, please contact Eve Runyon at (202) 729-6699.

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

April 16, 2013

CPBO Partner Award Nomination Deadline

The PBEye reminds you that there’s less than a month left to submit your nomination for the 2013 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. Nominations are due May 3 and may be submitted via e-mail or hard copy to CPBO Director Eve Runyon.

The award, which will be presented at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner, recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups. Recipients of the award must include at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.

Last year’s award was presented to the Ford Motor Company** Office of the General Counsel, in partnership with Dykema Gossett PLLC*†, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc., and Michigan Community Resources. Their innovative partnership served the legal needs of individuals, families, and local nonprofits. A full list of previous awardees can be found here.

For more information about the award, please contact Eve Runyon at (202) 729-6699.

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

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