Pro Bono Happy Hour

The Pro Bono Happy Hour Podcast includes a collection of lively conversations about pro bono news, infrastructure, and best practices featuring insightful and entertaining expert guests from the PBI Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member firms, Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories, Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatories, and from other pro bono and access to justice champions and leaders.

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PBI Signatory Showcase Featuring Entergy Legal Department**
Lighting Up Justice: The Spark of EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day

June 28, 2024

In 2022, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), the global in-house project of Pro Bono Institute (PBI), partnered with the legal department of Entergy Corporation and Edison Electric Institute to establish EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day. EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day is an annual day of pro bono service for attorneys and legal staff from electric and gas companies. For the past two years on EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day, Entergy has offered significant pro bono events and opportunities across jurisdictions engaging their pro bono volunteers in innovative ways.

We spoke with Christy Kane, Pro Bono Counsel, Sr., Entergy Legal Department for this Signatory Showcase podcast.

Listen to hear more about Entergy’s participation, community, and leadership around PBI’s annual EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day. The third annual EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day will take place on November 14, 2024.

PBI Signatory Showcase Featuring
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP*
Creatively Redressing the Criminalization of Marijuana Use

April 24, 2024

In partnership with The Bronx Defenders, Cleary attorneys have been supporting the launch of New York State’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licensing program. The first of its kind, this program prioritizes licensing individuals affected by the past criminalization of marijuana use. The program is intended to redress the harms of those prior convictions, while also building intergenerational wealth and strengthening communities. Cleary initially supported Bronx Defender clients with forming legal entities to support their license applications, and has now turned to providing full representation to these clients as they navigate the final stages of the licensing process, engage in negotiating commercial leases, and work with New York State to secure funding for their businesses.

We spoke with Cleary Gottlieb Pro Bono Counsel, Katherine Hughes, for this Signatory Showcase podcast. Listen to Hughes speak about creating a successful program in New York that could serve as a blueprint for other states when looking towards cannabis legalization from a social equity and social justice perspective.