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Annual Dinner

September 6, 2017

And the Winner Is…

CPBO will present the 2017 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards, recognizing innovative team approaches to pro bono work involving in-house legal departments, at PBI’s Annual Dinner, on September 28. The PBEye is proud to congratulate the recipients:

  • CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award – Small Law: Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in partnership with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott for their work on the Landlord Tenant Project; and
  • CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award – Large Law: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated** and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center on their project, “Review-A-Rama.”

Pro Bono Partner Award – Small Law

The Landlord Tenant Project (Project) assists low-income individuals facing landlord-tenant and other housing legal issues. These issues are of paramount importance in focusing on a basic need of all people: safe and affordable housing. Through the Project, volunteers represent families and individuals at housing denial hearings, and staff a hotline which provides advice and, when appropriate, brief services.

Pro Bono Partner Award – Large Law

Review-A-Rama engages members of the UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UHG) Legal, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs Department (LCRA) to review massive files of medical and military documents and provide detailed summaries to Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) attorneys who represent veterans in disability benefit claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As a result of Review-A-Rama and UHG’s efforts, CVLC is able to offer full-scope representation to more veterans in need.

The PBEye congratulates the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award recipients on their continued dedication to increasing access to justice, and looks forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the PBI Annual Dinner! If you are interested in supporting the Annual Dinner, please contact Kelly Simon (202.729.6691) for more information. We hope to see you there!

August 24, 2016

Meet the 2016 PBI Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

Join the 2016 Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner Co-Chairs for one of the legal profession’s most celebrated events of the year. The 2016 PBI Annual Dinner, Celebrate Achievements in Pro Bono, will take place on Thursday, November 3, at New York’s historic Gotham Hall.

We are honored to announce this year’s Annual Dinner Co-Chairs:

Michael Fricklas
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Brad Smith
President
and Chief Legal Officer
Laura Stein
Executive Vice President – General Counsel and
Corporate Affairs
 

 

 


Meet the Dinner Co-Chairs
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

Dinner

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®

October 15, 2015

Ask a General Counsel/Ask a Firm Chair

Dinner

PBI’s ninth annual Leadership Convocation will take place at the offices of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel*† in New York on Thursday, November 5, preceding the 2015 Pro Bono Institute Annual Dinner.

Speakers scheduled to appear include Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, United Continental Holdings, Inc.**; Gregory B. Jordan, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.**; John M. Koneck, President, Fredrikson & Byron*†; and Regina M. Pisa, Chairman Emeritus, Goodwin Procter*†.

As we “celebrate the future of pro bono,” our distinguished panelists will discuss the shifts in the economics and dynamics of major law firms and in-house legal departments that inevitably impact pro bono. This thought-provoking conversation with senior law firm and legal department leaders will provide important insight about the forces and trends that will shape the future of pro bono.

Attendance is limited to law firms and legal departments that are sponsoring the 2015 PBI Annual Dinner. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and event registration and details, please contact the PBI Events office at 202.973.8720 or pbievents@courtesyassoc.com.

Special thanks to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel for generously hosting PBI’s Leadership Convocation.

* 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®

August 3, 2015

Meet the 2015 PBI Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

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The 2015 PBI Annual Dinner, to be held November 5 at Gotham Hall in New York City, is quickly approaching and we at the The PBEye hope to see you there! This year’s annual dinner, “Celebrate the Future of Pro Bono,” acknowledges all we have accomplished in the 20 years since launching the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® while we prepare for  the challenges ahead. Once again, PBI is honored to have three co-chairs.

Fong-web Ivan Fong
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
3M Company
Hart-web Brett Hart
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
United Continental Holdings, Inc.
Jordan-web Greg Jordan
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Read more about the 2015 Annual Dinner Co-Chairs here. To support the Annual Dinner, please download the Sponorship Packet, or contact Kelly Simon (202.729.6691) for more information.

August 20, 2014

Meet the 2014 PBI Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

We at The PBEye are excited about November as we march closer to the 2014 PBI Annual Dinner which will be held on November 6 in New York. Themed “Celebrating the Promise of Pro Bono,” this year’s Annual Dinner will will recognize the evolution and success of pro bono and its power to improve access to justice for those most in need. Once again, PBI is honored to have three distinguished Dinner Co-Chairs.

Friedman-WebEric J. Friedman
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Eric J. Friedman has served as Skadden’s Executive Partner since 2009. Under his leadership, for three consecutive years Skadden has been the only firm to be named as one of the nation’s two most innovative law firms in Financial Times’ “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report (2010-2012). Read more…

Sheehan-WebRobert C. Sheehan
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Robert C. Sheehan, who oversees the firm’s pro bono program, was Executive Partner of Skadden, Arps from April 1994 to April 2009. Mr. Sheehan began his career with Skadden in 1969, became a partner in 1978 and of counsel in 2010. Read more…

Milch-WebRandal S. Milch
Verizon Communications Inc.

Randal S. Milch is executive vice president, Public Policy, and general counsel of Verizon. He leads the company’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups. Read more…

Visit the Annual Dinner Co-Chairs page to learn more. Also, visit the 2014 Annual Dinner page to get more information including  how to be come a sponsor of the Dinner.

We sincerely thank our Co-Chairs for showing their support of PBI’s work and its mission to increase access to justice for everyone.

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®

November 15, 2013

The December 2004 Tsunami: A Global Pro Bono “Tipping Point” for Deloitte

PBI was honored to recognize Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (FAS) LLP with the first-ever PBI President’s Award, presented at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner on November 7 in New York.  Among its many contributions, Deloitte FAS has provided invaluable assistance to PBI, enhancing and refining PBI’s collection and analysis of annual pro bono performance data for its Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® reports.  The company is also working with PBI, Merck & Co., Inc.**, and others on the Pro Bono Measurement Project, a comprehensive process to enable law firms and legal departments to measure the societal good and business benefits of their pro bono work.  As PBI President and CEO Esther F. Lardent explained when announcing the award:  

Deloitte is receiving PBI’s first-ever President’s Award because of its notable pro bono culture and its work with PBI to creatively craft solutions for the betterment of our communities.  The leadership at Deloitte** has successfully adopted pro bono as part of its culture and continues to demonstrate how valuable and effective pro bono collaboration can be.

The story of how Deloitte transformed its approach to pro bono — from ad-hoc to systematic — from something done on one’s own time into something recognized as part of Deloitte’s normal business — begins with a global pro bono “tipping point” for Deloitte.  In the wake of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Deloitte heard the call to help.  It joined forces with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on tsunami reconstruction and provided over 14,000 hours of pro bono financial advisory, consulting, and audit and risk work to affected countries, ultimately helping the UN to more quickly and efficiently distribute relief funds to affected areas.

Although Deloitte also made a sizeable cash contribution to tsunami relief, the value of its services far outweighed its financial donation.  Deloitte recognized that sharing its knowledge and experience with nonprofit organizations held the potential for immediate and sustainable community impact.  As noted in Deloitte’s 2012 Pro Bono Report, Insight No. 4, although corporate philanthropy and nonprofit development has traditionally focused on cash donations, the donation of time and expertise represents an extremely valuable resource:

It became clear to us that, while our cash philanthropic budget was limited, we had other resources “in the bank.”  Rather than limit our donations to money that nonprofits would then spend on professional services, why not structure major gifts with both cash and pro bono components? We would end up giving more than we could in cash alone, and the nonprofit would get highly valuable assistance.

Since the events of 2004, Deloitte has solidified its commitment to pro bono work.  Its “business as usual” incorporation of pro bono into its culture and mindset includes an annual financial commitment to pro bono activities, a systematic and deliberate approach where results are measured, and a strategic methodology to select pro bono opportunities that have an impact on the community, aligned with Deloitte’s own philanthropic principles. As a result, since 2008, Deloitte has delivered more than 1,000 projects, with more than 4,400 professionals giving close to 365,000 hours.

In addition, Deloitte’s commitment to the global dimension of pro bono has continued, including its assistance to nonprofits in the wake of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake.  More currently, Deloitte professionals are supporting the 2015 Special Olympics by delivering a wide range of high-impact work, including budgeting, business and operations planning, and strategic advisory work.

Deloitte FAS CEO David Williams accepted the President’s Award on Deloitte’s behalf on November 7.  In a moving acceptance speech, Williams recognized Deloitte’s employees for “giving it their all,” even as he recognized that “none of them, I can tell you, thinks we’re anywhere near done in terms of what we can do.”

Well said, and PBI looks forward to its ongoing collaboration with a company whose pro bono efforts continue to have a positive impact around the globe.

** denotes a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM

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