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March 26, 2013

Reminder: Partner Award Nominations

There’s just one month left to submit your nominations for the 2013 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award so contact us right away if you know of a pro bono partnership deserving of recognition.  Nominations for the award must be a partnership comprising at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners. CPBO will present the award at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner on November 7 in New York.

The Partner Award recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups.  CPBO presented last year’s award 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, for their innovative partnerships to serve the legal needs of individuals and families and local nonprofits.  For a full list of previous awardees please click here.

Nominations are due by May 3 and may be submitted via e-mail to CPBO Director Eve Runyon. Hard copies can be mailed to 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 205, Washington, D.C. 20036. 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

March 6, 2013

Know of any great pro bono partnerships?

The nomination period for the 2013 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award is now open! The Partner Award 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. CPBO will present the award at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner on November 7 in New York.

CPBO presented last year’s award 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, for their innovative partnerships to serve the legal needs of individuals and families and local nonprofits.  For a full list of previous awardees please click here.

Nominations are due May 3 and may be submitted via e-mail to CPBO Director Eve Runyon. Hard copies can be mailed to 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 205, Washington, D.C. 20036. 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

February 28, 2012

CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award Nominations

It’s that time again — submit your nominations for the 2012 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award.  The Partner Award 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.  CPBO will present the award at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner on November 15, 2012, in New York.

CPBO presented last year’s award to Verizon Communications Inc.**, in partnership with DLA Piper LLP*†, for their collaborative effort to address veterans, education, and domestic violence issues through pro bono work.  Previous awardees include Accenture plc**, Caterpillar Inc.**, and Merck & Co., Inc.** in partnership with Baker & McKenzie*† and PILnet; Aetna Inc.**with Lawyers for Children America and Bet Tzedek Legal Services in cooperation with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP*†; The Williams Companies, Inc.** in partnership with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma; 3M Company** with Children’s Law Center of Minnesota; Microsoft Corporation** and Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice with collaborating law firms Davis Wright Tremaine LLP*†, Dorsey & Whitney LLP*†, Heller Ehrman LLP, Holland & Knight LLP*†, Perkins Coie LLP*†, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, and Riddell Williams P.S.

Nominations are due April 27, 2012, and may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy to CPBO.  For more information about the award or to request a nomination form, 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

November 3, 2011

Faces of Pro Bono

Tonight’s the night!  The Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Dinner will be held tonight in New York.  Co-Chaired by Ford Motor Company*‘s David Leitch and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP*‘s William Lee, the Dinner is sure to be a smashing success. 

This year’s Dinner will honor Morrison & Foerster LLP* with the John H. Pickering Award and the partnership of Verizon Communications Inc.** and DLA Piper LLP* with the CPBO Partner Award for their outstanding achievements and commitment to pro bono.  The Dinner will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of PBI. 

The PBEye is especially excited about the Dinner’s special guest, Dewey Bozella, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 26 years in prison. He was released in 2008 thanks to the hard work of attorneys at WilmerHale, who took his case pro bono.  An amateur boxer, Bozella recently won his first professional bout. 

Be sure to check back with The PBEye for photo and video highlights from the Dinner in coming weeks.  We’re taking tomorrow off, and will be back on Monday.  In the meantime, check out more information about this year’s event, and relive past year’s Dinners.

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

May 10, 2011

Time is Running Out for the CPBO Partner Award

The PBEye wants to remind you that Corporate Pro Bono will be accepting nominations for the 2011 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award (we’ve told you about it before, here and here) for just four more weeks.  If you know of an outstanding pro bono partnership project involving a legal department, be sure to submit your nomination to CPBO by June 3.

The annual award recognizes in-house legal departments that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to pro bono and will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner  at Gotham Hall in New York on November 3.

Past recipients have included:

2010 – Accenture plc*, Caterpillar Inc.*, and Merck & Co., Inc.* in partnership with Baker & McKenzie** and PILnet (formerly PILI)

2009 – Aetna Inc.* in partnership with Lawyers for Children America and in partnership with Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP**

2008 – The Williams Companies, Inc.* in partnership with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

2007 – 3M Company* with Children’s Law Center of Minnesota

2006 – Microsoft Corporation* and Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice with collaborating law firms Davis Wright Tremaine LLP**, Dorsey & Whitney LLP**, Heller Ehrman LLP, Holland & Knight LLP**, Perkins Coie LLP**, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, and Riddell Williams P.S.

2005 – U.S. Bank* with Dorsey & Whitney LLP**, Central Minnesota Legal Services, Inc., and Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.

2004 – State Farm Insurance Companies with Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

2003 – Abbott Laboratories* with Baker & McKenzie** and Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center

Nominees must be composed of at least one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.  The criteria for selection are:

1.) A legal pro bono project that has a demonstrated impact on its community/target group;
2.) Substantial involvement by in-house lawyers;
3.) Tangible steps toward making the partnership sustained; and
4.) Innovative substantive and/or structural (e.g., delivery model) approaches to the effort.

Please submit your nomination by June 3 to Eve Runyon, director, Corporate Pro Bono by email or mail, c/o Pro Bono Institute, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20036, or for more information about the process contact her at 202.729.6694.

*denotes a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM

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

April 15, 2011

Submit Your Nomination for the CPBO Partner Award

Corporate Pro Bono is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award.  If you know of an outstanding pro bono partnership project involving a legal department, submit your nomination to CPBO by June 3.

The annual award recognizes in-house legal departments that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to pro bono and will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York at Gotham Hall on November 3, 2011.  Last year, CPBO presented Accenture plc*, Caterpillar Inc.*, and Merck & Co., Inc.*,  in partnership with Baker & McKenzie** and PILnet (formerly PILI), with the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award for their innovative work  seeking to empower women in Nepal.

Accenture, Caterpillar, and Merck, in partnership with Baker &  McKenzie and PILnet, created a virtually unprecedented and innovative inter-company, cross-border approach to meaningfully impact humanitarian issues.  The partnership project convened nearly 70 lawyers in 11 countries.  Together the team analyzed international legal mechanisms and best practices designed to deter workplace sexual harassment; promote principled approaches to equal pay and minimum hour regulations; foster occupational health and safety; and incorporate fundamental rights as defined by international laws, treaties, and conventions.  As a result of the partnership’s work, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision decrying unfair workplace practices and ordered legislation to address the issue.

Know a great partnership to submit for the award?  Recipients must be comprosed of at least one legal department and one or more non-legal department partners (i.e. a law firm or a public interest group).  The criteria for selection are:

1.) A legal pro bono project that has a demonstrated impact on its community/target group;
2.) Substantial involvement by in-house lawyers;
3.) Tangible steps toward making the partnership sustained; and
4.) Innovative substantive and/or structural (e.g., delivery model) approaches to the effort.

Please submit four copies of your nomination by June 3, 2011 to Eve Runyon, director, Corporate Pro Bono via email or by mail at Eve Runyon, c/o Pro Bono Institute, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  For more information about the award or the nominations process, please contact Eve Runyon at 202.729.6694.

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

March 21, 2011

Award-Worthy In-House Pro Bono, Anyone?

Do you know of an exceptional pro bono partnership project undertaken by an in-house legal department? Corporate Pro Bono is now accepting applications for the Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award, which recognizes innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving an in-house legal department.

Recipients of the award may comprise a two-way (i.e. one legal department with one law firm or a public interest group) or three-way (e.g. a legal department, a law firm, and a public interest group) partnership.  The criteria for selection will be:

1.) A legal pro bono project that has a demonstrated impact on its community/target group;
2.) Substantial involvement by in-house lawyers;
3.) Tangible steps toward making the partnership sustained; and
4.) Innovative substantive and/or structural (e.g., delivery model) approaches to the effort.

The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner in New York on November 3, 2011. Winners will be receive mention in publications by Association of Corporate Counsel*Pro Bono Institute, and CPBO.

Please submit four copies of your nomination by June 3, 2011 to Eve Runyon, project director, Corporate Pro Bono c/o Pro Bono Institute, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  For more information about the award or the nominations process, please contact Eve Runyon, CPBO director, at 202.729.6694.

*denotes a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge SM

March 16, 2011

VIDEO: Judge Robert Katzmann- Pro Bono Visionary

In 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Robert A. Katzmann, then in his role at the Brookings Institution, published The Law Firm and the Public Good, a collection of essay compiled to examine pro bono in large law firms.  The book, a must read for the aspiring pro bono champion, looked to make both the moral and business cases for doing pro bono.  More than 15 years later, Judge Katzmann’s book is as relevant as ever as law firms think more strategically about their maturing pro bono programs.

Judge Katzmann’s work and commitment to pro bono have been exceptional, which is why this year the Pro Bono Institute selected him as the recipient of our Chesterfield Smith Award.  To further recognize his achievement, The PBEye spoke with him about The Law Firm and the Public good, his personal interest in improving legal representation for immigrants, and got some insight into the future of pro bono work as seen from the courts system.

March 10, 2011

Roll Out the Red Carpet

It was a pro bono-star-studded night last Friday at the Pro Bono Institute’s Seminar/Forum Reception, and The PBEye was on hand to catch the proceedings.  Awards were presented to both Intel Corporation and Judge Robert A. Katzmann for their outstanding commitment to pro bono.

Intel Corporation received the 2011 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award, in recognition of their pro bono work, which focuses on issues including guardianship for minor children, special education advocacy, domestic violence counseling and support, and small business clinical work. Intel attorneys and staff also provide support for low-income entrepreneur counseling and representation, housing clinics, and bankruptcy and debt counseling.

Intel's Suzan Miller and Doug Melamed, with Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

Judge Robert A. Katzmann, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, received the Chesterfield Smith Award in recognition of his dedication to pro bono, in particular in the area of immigration.  Judge Katzmann’s professional perspective as an academic, think-tank fellow, and federal judge has given him incredible insight into pro bono. His long-time commitment to seeing that those most in need are given fair access to the judicial system has drawn the attention of his peers on the bench, high-powered attorneys, government officials, and academics alike, and has resulted in greater attention being focused on the plight of immigrants.  Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presented Katzmann with the award.  You can check out a great interview with Judge Katzmann about the award in The National Law Journal, here.

The Honorable Robert A. Katzmann receives the Chesterfield Smith Award from Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The PBEye congratulates all of our award winners and commends them for their contributions to the pro bono community!  You weren’t there?  No problem — you can listen to the audio of the awards presentation using the player below.