Established by Pro Bono Institute’s Board of Directors in 2015, the Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono has been created to support new and innovative pro bono projects designed to close the justice gap. Named in honor of PBI’s founder and first president Esther F. Lardent, the fund will ensure that Esther’s vision of a society in which everyone receives equal treatment under the law remains strong and that the work to realize that vision through new and innovative initiatives will continue for generations to come. We invite you to join us in support of Esther’s legacy by making a tax-deductible donation.
Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series
As part of the Fund, PBI launched the Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series. The series will be comprised of leadership dinners, educational forums, and networking events designed to bring together the legal community to promote innovative and creative dialogue on legal practice and access to justice. Learn more…
Esther Lardent dedicated her 45-year legal career to ensure civil rights and equal access to justice for all. Her innovation in the world of pro bono began with her role as the first director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association in 1976, which pioneered the concept of organized pro bono projects and was the foundation for what would eventually become PBI in 1996. In two decades as PBI’s President and CEO, Esther’s leadership transformed the landscape of pro bono at large law firms and in-house legal departments.
Esther has earned numerous awards for her service and progressive ideas and projects including being named one of Legal Times’ “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” (2008) and one of The American Lawyer’s “Top 50 Innovators” (2013). More recently, Esther was recognized with the Western Center on Law & Poverty’s Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award (2015) and The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).
But the true reward is the number of people who have benefitted from her steadfast commitment to addressing the access to justice crisis. Please, join us today and make a donation to carry on Esther’s legacy for countless people in need.
Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono
National Leadership Committee
|Hon. Jonathan Lippman
Latham & Watkins
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Merck & Co.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and Government Affairs
American International Group
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer
The PNC Financial Services Group
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Co-Managing Partner (Americas)
Managing Principal, Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship