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December 23, 2014

Great Causes, Great Work

We at The PBEye wanted to share this inspiring video from our friends at Morrison & Foerster*†.  Highlighting the firm’s 85,000+ hours of pro bono in 2013, the video explores the current crisis in access to justice and the important role that pro bono plays in helping close the justice gap. Watch above as the attorneys featured in the video explain what it means to be “MoFo.”

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

December 1, 2014

Video: WDPB – Bukola Aina, Verizon

Not only is pro bono the “right thing to do”, it also gives corporations and organizations an opportunity to represent the values of their lawyers and non-lawyers. This week, we hear from Bukola Aina, counsel, IP Litigation, Verizon Communications, Inc. **, as she explains why pro bono is beneficial to all lawyers.

** denotes Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

November 3, 2014

Video: WDPB – David March, Target Corporation

Lawyers have unique skills that can be very beneficial to pro bono clients. This week, we hear from David March, senior counsel at Target Corporation** as he explains why doing pro bono is important to him both personally and professionally.

** denotes Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

October 3, 2014

Video: WDPB – Michael Silverman, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Michael Silverman, executive director of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, explains why partnerships with law firms and corporate legal departments are extremely valuable to his organization’s pro bono efforts.

September 3, 2014

Video: WDPB – Jerri Shick, O’Melveny & Myers

Pro bono is a great opportunity for making unexpected and sometimes lifelong connections. This week, we hear from Jerri Shick, pro bono counsel at O’Melveny & Myers*, as she explains how pro bono work helped her form a personal connection with a client.

denotes Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

August 4, 2014

Video: WDPB – Bill Lienhard, Volunteers of Legal Service

Many attorneys remember their first time representing a client in court and how intimidating it was. Now imagine how intimidating it must be for clients who are forced to represent themselves without proper training and guidance. This week, we hear from Executive Director of Volunteers of Legal Service Bill Lienhard as he explains his personal experience as a new attorney and the importance of pro bono.

July 1, 2014

Video: WDPB – Saralyn Cohen, Shearman & Sterling

Pro bono can help attorneys feel they are a part of a larger community, whether it’s in their firm or in their own neighborhood. This week, we hear from Saralyn Cohen, pro bono counsel and director of pro bono at Shearman & Sterling* as she describes the many benefits of doing pro bono.

denotes Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory
† denotes a Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project

June 2, 2014

Video: WDPB – Garth Meintjes, International Senior Lawyers Project

There are so many great reasons to do pro bono! This week, we hear from Garth Meintjes, executive director, International Senior Lawyers Project as he shares what he believes is the most important reason to do pro bono.

April 3, 2014

2007-2012 CPBO Challenge® Report

Corporate Pro Bono just released the 2007-2012 CPBO Challenge® Report, which examines the pro bono activities of legal departments that are signatories to the CPBO Challenge® initiative. The publication summarizes data reported by CPBO Challenge® signatories from 2007-2012, and looks at the culture and performance of pro bono among a broad sample of legal departments. The video below captures highlights from the Report.


Highlights from the Report:

  • Meeting the Challenge Goal The CPBO Challenge® statement sets an aspirational goal of 50 percent participation by legal department staff. Since the inception of the CPBO Challenge® initiative, signatories have reported an average participation rate of lawyers between 42 and 50 percent. In 2012, 54 percent of signatories met or exceeded the CPBO Challenge® goal of 50 percent participation with regard to their lawyers.
  • Partnerships with Outside Law Firms Partnering with law firms is a common practice among CPBO Challenge® signatories; each year between 2007 and 2012, more than 50 percent of responding departments indicated that they partner on pro bono with at least one law firm. Responding legal departments also indicated that they considered law firm pro bono performance when evaluating outside counsel. In 2012, 52 percent answered that they considered law firm pro bono performance.
  • Global Pro Bono In 2012, CPBO Challenge® signatories reported providing pro bono legal services in more than 40 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.
  • Informal Pro Bono Programs In-house pro bono is not limited solely to departments that have adopted formal pro bono programs with processes and systems to manage the departments’ pro bono engagement. The average lawyer participation rate for respondents without a formal pro bono program was 66 percent in 2012.

Since its inception, there has been a steady increase in the number of CPBO Challenge® signatories and in-house pro bono participation. For companies that have not yet joined, we encourage you to enroll and advance pro bono at your legal department. There is no downside as we do not publish disaggregated statistics, nor do we in any way identify individual departments as having met or not met the goal. Rather, we work closely with signatories to provide individual consultative services and support to help them improve their pro bono performance.

If you have questions about the Report or your legal department would like to join the CPBO Challenge® initiative, contact CPBO Director Eve Runyon.

March 13, 2014

Video: WDPB – Annie Pineda, The Bronx Defenders

Pro bono gives lawyers an opportunity to think creatively and use problem-solving skills that they may not use in their everyday line of work. This week, we hear from Annie Pineda, pro bono attorney at The Bronx Defenders, as she explains why doing pro bono can be an eye-opening experience.