Pro Bono Net Announces KPMG Sponsorship
NEW YORK – January 29, 2009 – Pro Bono Net, a national non-profit organization that works to increase access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation, today announced it has received sponsorship from KPMG LLP as part of the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm’s commitment to corporate citizenship.
Over the past 10 years, Pro Bono Net has created a broad and powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the United States. This network uses two innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org—to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and to provide direct information and self-help tools for low-income people facing legal problems. Probono.net is the leading online resource for lawyers serving the public good, providing access to training, resources and opportunities to make it easy to volunteer. LawHelp.org offers state-based legal referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools.
“Our sponsorship of Pro Bono Net aligns with KPMG’s commitment to community service, and offers our employees additional options for volunteer activity,” said Richard H. Girgenti, national lead partner for KPMG’s Forensic Practice and a member of the firm’s Board.
“We will offer web-based and other educational sessions to Pro Bono Net members, and look for opportunities to provide Forensic and Forensic Technology Services to legal counsel working through Pro Bono Net,” Girgenti said, adding, “We are especially pleased to announce this sponsorship, as KPMG encourages our employees to give back to their communities.”
“At a time when so many families face problems such as eviction and foreclosure, it’s heartening that KPMG recognizes the difference that access to a lawyer can make,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net. “KPMG’s support will enable Pro Bono Net to continue connecting people in need with free legal counsel, and to develop new programs that respond to emergent needs.”
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.us.kpmg.com), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 144 countries.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Founded in 1998 with support from the Open Society Institute, Pro Bono Net has created a broad and powerful network of nonprofit legal organizations, courts and bar associations across the United States. Its platforms have been adopted in 30 states and regions, reaching approximately two-thirds of the poverty population and lawyers in the United States. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.
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