The award recognizes unique pro bono partnerships between in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest organizations. CPBO, the co-founder with PBI of the Pro Bono Partner Award, is a partnership project of PBI and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
In 2015, 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.
Large Law – BNY Mellon in partnership with White & Case, and The National LGBT Bar Association
Small Law – Best Buy in partnership with Volunteer Lawyers Network
American International Group, Inc.’s Global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory, and Government Affairs department, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
Hewlett-Packard Company, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Morgan Lewis), and the National Veterans Legal Services Program
Ford Motor Company Office of the General Counsel, in partnership with Dykema Gossett PLLC, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc., and Michigan Community Resources
Verizon Communications Inc. in partnership with DLA Piper LLP
Accenture plc, Caterpillar Inc., and Merck & Co., Inc. in partnership with Baker & McKenzie and PILnet (formerly the Public Interest Law Institute)
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, Inc.
3M 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 Erhman LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, and Riddell Williams P.S.
U.S. Bank with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Central Minnesota Legal Services, Inc., and Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.
State Farm Insurance Companies with Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Abbott Laboratories with Baker & McKenzie and Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center