PRO BONO INSTITUTE

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Mission

Pro Bono Institute is mandated to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. We do so by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Ruling year info

1998

President and CEO

Ms. Eve L. Runyon

Main address

1001 G St., NW Suite 305 West

WASHINGTON, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

52-1991509

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Law Firm Pro Bono Project

The Law Firm Pro Bono Project is the only global effort designed to support and enhance the pro bono culture and performance of major law firms in the United States and around the world. The Project’s goal is to fully integrate pro bono into the practice, philosophy, and culture of firms so that large law firms provide the institutional support, infrastructure, and encouragement essential to fostering a climate supportive of pro bono service and promoting partner and associate participation.
Law Firm Project efforts include: Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative (to measure and report pro bono work by Challenge signatory law firms), Resource Clearinghouse (materials and publications on law firm best practices), Webinars, and Pro Bono Happy Hour podcasts.

Population(s) Served

Corporate Pro Bono, a partnership project of Pro Bono Institute and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), is designed to substantially increase the amount of pro bono work performed by in-house counsel and to enhance the pro bono culture of in-house legal departments through technical assistance to the in-house community, targeted research and publications, online information and services, and outreach and educational programming. Corporate Pro Bono also works closely with ACC chapters to focus their resources and agendas on pro bono service.
CPBO efforts include:
- Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, which enables legal departments to identify, benchmark, and communicate their support for pro bono service.
- Clinic-in-a-Box® Program: half-day clinics provide in-house counsel the opportunity to earn CLE credit while advising nonprofit organizations or small businesses. They are produced in collaboration with legal departments, ACC Chapters, local nonprofit organizations, and major law firms.
- Resources: articles, memoranda, training manuals, bibliographies, and policies written for in-house pro bono professionals.

Population(s) Served

The Global Pro Bono Project works to strengthen pro bono culture, policy, and practice in the legal profession around the world. In partnership with local and global leaders, PBI identifies impediments and implements solutions, develops resources, and promotes global pro bono service through research, consultative services, training, and thought leadership. Resources within this program include:
- Global Pro Bono Survey: With PBI’s support, Latham & Watkins LLP released the fourth version of this survey which covers more than 80 jurisdictions. It details what access to justice or publicly funded legal aid programs exist, what unmet needs for legal representation remain, how perceptions and culture shape the domestic pro bono dialogue, and which professional conduct laws and rules form the framework for pro bono representation.
- Global Due Diligence Manual: a hands-on guide to help attorneys locate, vet, and take on global pro bono opportunities. It covers clearinghouses, major NGO clients, research projects, broader engagements, managing pro bono conflicts, and how to create synergies across one’s organization.

Population(s) Served

The Pro Bono Institute’s Public Interest Project provides strategic advice, training, and tailored technical assistance to programs that address the legal problems of the poor and disadvantaged – and the nonprofit and community groups that serve these populations.
The Public Interest Project helps public interest organizations to most effectively leverage the resources of large law firms and corporate legal departments to enhance their work. PBI also offers consultative services on a fee-for-service basis to pro bono and legal services public interest organizations, covering a wide range of issues.

Population(s) Served

Second Acts® is an innovative initiative to support transitioning and retired lawyers who are interested in a second, volunteer career in public interest law. Despite the ongoing social justice gap for low-income and underserved populations, this seasoned and knowledgeable talent pool has been largely overlooked. In an effort to develop a bold, new model of legal retirement, we are working with our core constituencies - major law firms, corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations - to develop replicable projects that make strategic use of this unique pool of legal talent. The initiative has a variety of components, including empirical research, scholarship, consulting and technical assistance, and programmatic pilot projects.

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PRO BONO INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 11/2/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James W. Jones

Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center, Legal Management Resources LLC

John Conroy Principal

Baker & McKenzie

Thomas Gottschalk Of Counsel

Kirkland & Ellis

Robert Juceum Of Counsel

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP

Regina Pisa Chairman Emeritus

Goodwin Procter

Laura Stein Executive Vice President and General Counsel

The Clorox Company

David Williams Managing Principal, Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship

Deloitte LLP

Eve Runyon President & CEO

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