Asked: Our weekly question to the In-House community
More corporate legal departments are emphasizing pro bono work by instituting more structured pro bono programs and backing them with company money, the Washington Post reports.
For example, Capital One just spent $25,000 to develop a product to digitize the files of legal aid groups in Virginia, making it easier for lawyers to find pro bono clients. The company is also putting a pro bono work structure in place for its attorneys complete with benchmarks and goals.
What do your corporate legal departments do for pro bono work? Has there been more focus on engaging in pro bono at your companies? Is the process informal or have your companies instituted formal structures for pro bono work?
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