Contacts: Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net
Ballard Spahr Launches Pro Bono ManagerTM
Software Will Help Firm Manage, Grow its Pro Bono Program
NEW YORK (May 5, 2010) – Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice, announced that Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP has launched Pro Bono ManagerTM for firmwide use.
Pro Bono Manager
is a customized, hosted web application that helps firms meet the challenge of managing a robust pro bono program, allowing them to maximize their public service impact on the community. Ballard Spahr’s version, branded as the Ballard Spahr Pro Bono Portal, is now available to the firm’s 500-plus attorneys.
According to the Executive Director of Ballard Spahr’s Pro Bono Program, Mary Gay Scanlon, the Pro Bono Manager software will make it easier for the firm’s attorneys to learn about pro bono opportunities, training and resources, while helping the firm to track and supervise their efforts.
Ballard Spahr, one of the country’s largest law firms, has a long history of pro bono work and has received numerous awards for its efforts. The firm’s pro bono clients include Habitat for Humanity, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and clients referred through legal services organizations across the country. For more information about Ballard Spahr’s Pro Bono Program, visit www.ballardspahr.com/ProBono
or contact Ms. Scanlon at scanlonm@ ballardspahr.com
Pro Bono Manager’s customized, web-based tools enable pro bono coordinators to more efficiently handle the firm’s pro bono caseload, raise the internal profile of the firm’s pro bono program, increase volunteer participation among attorneys and the quality of support and oversight provided to them and automate the creation of reports. The service integrates data from time and billing and personnel systems with content for a firm’s attorneys.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through increased volunteer lawyer participation and innovative use of technology. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has created a powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the United States and Canada. This network uses three Web-based platforms—www.probono.net
—to recruit and manage volunteers, and to provide legal information and tools for low-income communities and the organizations that serve them. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.