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2022 PBI® ANNUAL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES– Sessions offering CLE credit from the PBI 2022 Annual Conference are available online via Thomson Reuters West LegalEdcenter® (WLEC) through the end of October. Free to Annual Conference attendees! Available for a fee to all others.
Jonathan P. Harmon
A CELEBRATION OF PRO BONO – Join us to celebrate exceptional pro bono achievements at the PBI 2022 Annual Dinner! Find out more about this year’s awardees and co-chairs … READ MORE
PBI held its 2022 Social Impact Summit September 29-30, in Washington, D.C.
Leaders in ESG from law firms, companies, public interest organizations, and academia convened at the Capital Hilton, along with top pro bono thinkers and doers from the legal community, to analyze and explore new paradigms for delivering access to justice and pro bono.
The event featured an interactive “Town Hall”-style discussion on the first day, skillfully moderated by David S. Williams, Principal, Deloitte, that generated ideas that attendees further explored in workshops on the second day.
It was a unique gathering that served as an important foundational discussion to advance our collective commitment to pro bono and access to justice. Two days of great energy and thought leadership that served as an inspiring and informative starting point for this important conversation.
Pro Bono Institute would like to welcome our new Law Firm Pro Bono project members, Gunster and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. And CPBO welcomes CommVault Systems, Inc. as the newest CPBO Challenge® signatory.
It’s Pro Bono Week! Now is an excellent time to solidify longstanding partnerships and make new connections that can inspire pro bono throughout the year! During this week the legal community comes together to participate in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Celebration of Pro Bono. The programs and events planned present a great way to get involved in the community, meet new colleagues, and give back through pro bono service.
Nope. We’ve been working hard at the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting. Lily Constine, PBI Project Coordinator, and Alyssa Saunders, Director, Corporate Pro Bono, (shown below, L to R) and Eve Runyon, PBI President & CEO, met with colleagues in the exhibit hall, handing out advice and #ProBonoProud buttons!
And, on October 25, 2022, during the ACC Annual Meeting, the Corporate Pro Bono project (CPBO) of PBI presented a fireside chat entitled “CLO’s Point of View: In-house Pro Bono, DEI, and Social Impact”.
Eve Runyon, President & CEO of PBI, moderated the discussion with, pictured above (L to R) Jim Office, Vice President & General Counsel, Victory Wholesale Group**, David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Amazon.com, Inc.**, and Dev Stahlkopf, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.**.
Dozens of attendees listened to an engaging conversation about the growth of in-house pro bono, the role of CLOs in empowering their legal departments to engage in this work, how pro bono ties in with corporate DEI and social impact priorities, and the importance of corporate leadership in access to justice initiatives.
Several themes emerged from the discussion:
Common Perceived Barriers that Can Be Overcome
Both the panelists and audience members discussed potential obstacles that are specific to in-house pro bono, and guidance to manage those concerns, including:
* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory
** denotes a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory
† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member