Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Coordinators
Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Coordinators ("CCPBC") support pro bono work by in-house counsel. CCPBC serves as a resource for corporate counsel to provide legal services in the public interest and to the under-privileged, and for companies to establish or expand in-house counsel pro bono programs and efforts.
Information relating to pro bono opportunities, partnering arrangements (with legal services provider organizations, outside counsel, and/or other in-house counsel), forms, statements of policy and FAQs about pro bono programs, legal research, and other resources are available on CCPBC's web-site, located at http://www.probono.net/corporatecounsel. In addition, in-house attorneys and other staff employed by company legal departments may subscribe to the CCPBC corporate counsel listserv by visiting the CCPBC site and completing the brief form by accessing the "Join this Area if You are with a Corporate Legal Department" on the lefthand side of the screen. A separate listserv, the pro bono coordinators listserv, is designed to further communication amongst in-house counsel who are functioning and have been designated as their companies' pro bono coordinators. The company's designee can participate in this listserv to liaise with other companies' pro bono coordinators to serve as a resource and to assist in the formation and implementation of company pro bono programs and initiatives. One person from each company may join this pro bono coordinators listserv by visiting CCPBC's site and completing the brief form by accessing the "Join this Area if You are Your Company's Pro Bono Coordinator" on the lefthand side of the screen.
Pro bono service may include the rendering of professional legal services to persons in the public interest, without the expectation of compensation, such as by rendering direct legal services to persons with low income and/or to organizations that address the needs of such persons; legal services designed to simplify the legal process or increase the availability and quality of legal services; legal services that protect the rights of individuals or a significant segment of the public that would not otherwise secure quality legal representation; legal services to persons or groups that have been harmed by or are providing assistance to persons or groups harmed by a natural disaster or public emergency; public interest work such as providing legal counsel to not-for-profit and community groups; and legal services provided to charitable, religious, civic, governmental, artistic or cultural, educational, professional, or similar organizations. Companies may have their own policies and protocols relating to in-house counsel pro bono work, including as to definitions of such work, and lawyers are encouraged to consult their respective companies' policies in this regard before undertaking a pro bono project.