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Williams, Hall Estill, Legal Aid Services Pro Bono Partnership Honored

Friday, September 26, 2008

  • By: Karen Langdon
  • Organization: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.

Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a national pro bono partnership of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute, announced today that it will be presenting an award in recognition of outstanding pro bono efforts to the Williams/Hall Estill/Legal Aid Services partnership created a year ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The 2008 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award honoree is being recognized for the comprehensive and impactful program the Williams Companies created, which fills what was once a gap in services to low-income and elderly Oklahomans with civil legal problems, such as end-of-life planning and guardian ad litem services.

The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Institute Annual Gala on November 13, 2008 at New York's Plaza Hotel. Attorneys from The Williams Companies, Hall Estill, and Legal Aid Services will attend the event to receive their award.

Corporate lawyers from The Williams Companies and Hall Estill were trained by Legal Aid attorneys to help seniors with wills, estate planning and powers of attorney. Guardian ad litem training was also done. Now lawyers who typically work on complex cases such as mergers, acquisitions and securities are helping low-income and elderly Oklahomans with their legal problems. Each attorney says he has come back very affected by the personal relationship established with the clients, and the clients have received expert legal assistance.

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