Eighteenth Annual Pro Bono Award Nominations
PRO BONO SUBCOMMITTEESOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR THE CORPORATE COUNSEL COMMITTEE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL PRO BONO AWARD
Dear Committee Member:
The Pro Bono Subcommittee is again soliciting nominations for the Corporate Counsel Committee Eighteenth Annual Pro Bono Award, which will be presented at the Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, February, 12, 2016.
The mission of the Pro Bono Subcommittee is to showcase noteworthy corporate pro bono programs, both as a way to thank companies for their pro bono commitments, and to inspire other companies to follow in their worthy colleagues’ footsteps. Past recipients of the Committee’s Award include UnitedHealth Group, Merck & Co., Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., Caterpillar, Inc., Aetna Inc., BellSouth Corporation, Monsanto Company, Dow Corning Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, William Wise (General Counsel of Analog Devices, Inc.), Sears Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and ExxonMobil Corporation. Several award recipients have reported that receipt of the award inspired their in-house colleagues to do even more pro bono work. Publicity about the award has also drawn calls for information from other companies interested in starting in-house pro bono programs.
We encourage you to help us continue to achieve our mission by nominating corporate pro bono programs worthy of our recognition, and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Please click here to access and complete the Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 21, 2015.
When completing the form, please consider the following questions:
- Is pro bono encouraged or expected on the part of all lawyers in the legal department;
- Is it a formal program;
- Is there a written pro bono policy adopted by corporate leadership;
- Is there a pro bono coordinator position;
- Does the program have its own budget;
- Is pro bono work evaluated as part of regular performance reviews of in house lawyers;
- Does the program enjoy high participation;
- Is the program multi-faceted to allow different lawyers with different skills and time availability to participate;
- Is training provided;
- Has the company and/or its lawyers displayed leadership on pro bono issues in the business community and/or the legal services community;
- Would learning of the program inspire others to start pro bono programs;
- Does the pro bono effort put on by the corporate law department have a long shelf life (are they making a lasting impact in the community);
- Does the program afford the legal staff flexible hours to enable more people to participate;
- Is the program rewarding to the lawyers who participate;
- Does the program support or partner with a legal services program or any other organization that provides legal services for the poor;
- Does the company have a corporate donation program whether through The United Way, in-kind donations, or others;
- Does the program tie in with any public service mission of the corporation.
Complete the Nomination Form
We look forward to hearing from you with your nominations.
Kenneth R. Berman, Randy Hayman, and Stephen Norman
Co-Chairs, Corporate Counsel Committee