Media Release


Danny Reed to Lead Development and Outreach Efforts for the Pro Bono Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Pro Bono Institute (PBI) announced today that it has hired  as the new Director of Development. Reed will play an integral role in advancing the mission of PBI by developing donor strategies and increasing partnership opportunities with PBI stakeholders.

Reed comes to PBI with 20 years of impressive fundraising and nonprofit management experience. He joins PBI from the Council for Court Excellence, where he launched a major donor program as part of a rebranded annual campaign. His career also includes development positions with The D.C. Bar Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (OutServe-SLDN). Reed has a BA in Economics from Colby College and a JD from William & Mary Law School.

PBI is a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that serves to identify new approaches for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address access to justice issues. PBI does this by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

“Danny brings a wealth of experience in development and tremendous knowledge of multiple sectors of the legal profession. We are excited to have him join us in PBI’s work to expand access to justice,” says PBI President & CEO Eve Runyon.

Reed will be working to develop partnership opportunities at PBI for the 2018 Annual Conference, the 2018 Annual Dinner, and the Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series, which is a series of forums and networking events designed to bring together the legal community to promote a dialogue on legal practice and access to justice.

Other PBI special projects for which Reed will be building a development base are:

  • : An innovative initiative that brings together representatives from a variety of sectors of the community to develop and implement a measurable plan with a goal to reduce recidivism and dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes of formerly incarcerated men and women to enable them to lead full and productive lives in their communities. This exciting project is underway and has already seen results in Minnesota. Future steps will include broadening the impact of this important work to include other jurisdictions and areas of focus.
  • : While many jurisdictions permit non-locally barred in-house attorneys to practice law for their employer-client as long as they are in good standing in another state, this exception does not always extend to providing pro bono services. When it does, it typically comes with difficult and unnecessary restrictions that limit and discourage in-house attorneys’ pro bono participation. PBI, in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel, is actively working to change this. As a result of recent advocacy efforts around the U.S. 15 jurisdictions have empowered 7000+ in-house counsel to practice pro bono. But there is more work to do.

Reed can be reached at . To find out more about PBI’s projects go to.

About Pro Bono Institute
Founded in 1996, Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono. Through our work with law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations, PBI is the global thought leader in exploring, identifying, evaluating, catalyzing, and taking to scale new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.