About the 2017 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards
Large Law Awardees:
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated in partnership with Connecticut Veterans Legal Center for their innovative project “Review-A-Rama,” which benefits veterans pursuing disability compensation.
Small Law Awardees:
Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in partnership with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership for their collaborative representation of low income individuals facing landlord tenant and other housing related legal issues.
About the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award
In recognition of the unique role partnerships between and among in-house legal departments, law firms, and public interest groups play in the provision of pro bono legal services, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), the global partnership project of Pro Bono Institute and the Association of Corporate Counsel, created the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award.
The award honors legal departments and the organizations with which they partner in the provision of legal services to those in need. The awardees are departments, law firms, and public interest organizations that have demonstrated an impact on their community through their partnership project, shown substantial involvement in the project by in-house lawyers, made tangible steps toward sustaining the relationship among the partners, developed innovative substantive or structural approaches in support of the partnership’s effort, and addressed a critical legal need or assisted a particularly vulnerable community or target group.
Over the years, the impact and innovation of the projects supported by the awardees have been tremendously important both in the projects’ ability to address the legal needs of the communities being served and in the role the partnerships have played in supporting and furthering pro bono work, especially within the corporate community. Through these partnerships, legal departments, law firms, and public interest organizations have devised programs that contribute to the legal profession’s efforts to close the justice gap and that create strong legacies of effective pro bono service.