2018 Pro Bono Partner of the Year: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Our 2018 Pro Bono Partner of the Year was Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Orrick’s pro bono program has been praised for the dedication of its lawyers to supporting diverse causes with tangible results—including high-profile immigration disputes, civil rights litigation and grassroots global development through an innovative impact finance initiative. Orrick strategically allocates its pro bono resources to ensure that each lawyer’s work has the maximum impact for the client and the community. Pro bono work is essential to our firm’s culture and an important part of every lawyer’s contributions to our communities in each of our 26 offices across the globe. One of our many pro bono practice areas is work for veterans, spanning cases seeking VA benefits, discharge upgrades and many other issues.

Since 2013, lawyers from Orrick’s Bay Area offices have been involved with Swords to Plowshares’ Veterans Pro Bono Program, managing numerous full-scope cases and regularly staffing Legal Drop-in Clinics. In addition, we have had a continuous presence on Swords’ pro bono advisory board.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was recognized as Swords to Plowshares Pro Partner of the Year at the rescheduled 22nd Annual Veterans Day Dinner and Profiles of Courage Awards on January 17, 2019.
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National Pro Bono Week

National Pro Bono Week

Ahead of National Pro Bono Week, representatives from the Law Society, the Bar Council, CILEx, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, LawWorks and others discuss the importance of pro bono work carried out by the legal profession, consider their experiences of doing pro bono and outline ways for individuals to get involved.

Speakers in this video include:
Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society
Jess Campbell, chief executive of the Bar Pro Bono Unit
Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks
Declan O’Dempsey, a barrister at Cloisters
Alistair McDonald QC, chairman of the Bar Council
David Edwards, president of CILEx
Adrian Schwab, Chartered Legal Executive at TUI
Paul Yates, head of pro bono at Freshfields
Jessica Howard, GDL student, City Law School
Victoria Speed, director of pro bono, BPP Law
Josie Beal, trainee solicitor at Prettys
Elliott Park, trainee solicitor at Baker & McKenzie
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Mid-Shore Pro Bono Update: Community Conferencing Project and Elders

One of the least known local nonprofit organizations is the extraordinary work that Mid-Shore Pro Bono provides for thousands of residents every year.

With the help and support of volunteer lawyers and a small team of specialists, Pro Bono has helped Eastern Shore families, and individuals navigate the sometimes daunting legal system to help with bankruptcy, child custody, divorce, and small claims, among of host of other legal matters for those who lack the resources to seeking justice.

In this recent interview with Pro Bono staff, Alicia Myers, Youth Programs Project Coordinator, and new managing attorney, Meredith Lathbury Girard, talk about how their organization is expanding those efforts with their Community Conferencing project and a variety of legal services aimed at assisting the region’s senior population.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information, or to volunteer your services, please go here.
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