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For Immediate Release
Contact:          Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net
                        Phone: (212) 760-2554 x485 Email: pweisz@probono.net
ALM CEO William Pollak Elected Chair of Pro Bono Net Board
NEW YORK (June 28, 2010) Pro Bono Net, a leader in innovative programs that increase access to justice, is pleased to announce that William L. Pollak, President and CEO of ALM, has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors.
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice. Through innovative technology programs, including www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org, it empowers nonprofit legal advocates to make a stronger impact; increases volunteer participation; and provides assistance directly to the public.
ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. Pollak has served as ALM’s President, CEO and a member of the board of directors since the company’s formation in 1998. He also currently serves as Vice-Chair of American Business Media, the industry trade association that represents the B-to-B media industry. Prior to joining ALM, Pollak held senior executive positions at The New York Times.
“Bill’s talents and experience, knowledge of the legal market and commitment to the cause of access to justice make him uniquely qualified to lead Pro Bono Net’s board as we seek to build on our successes and grow to scale,” said Mark O’Brien, Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director. 
“I am tremendously excited by the opportunity to chair Pro Bono Net’s talented board and to work toward supporting the organization’s search for innovative solutions that meet the needs of both providers and those seeking legal assistance,” said Pollak.
Pollak has been a member of Pro Bono Net’s board since December 2000 and served as the organization’s Treasurer since 2007. He succeeds the organization’s founding chair, Michael Cooper of Sullivan & Cromwell, who will remain a member of the board. Other Board officers include Michael Mills, Senior Adviser at Kraft & Kennedy; David Heiner, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft; and Edward Walters, CEO of Fastcase.
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.  Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org —to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities.   Pro Bono Net has also developed Pro Bono Manager, pro bono practice management software that helps AmLaw 200 law firms increase pro bono participation, manage pro bono caseloads more efficiently and raise internal and external awareness of pro bono efforts. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.

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