ProBonoLaw Blog

For in-house counsel looking to read about lawyers doing good in this world, look no further than the ProBonoLaw blog.

The Benjamin Franklin Legal Foundation, a non-profit public interest law firm that dedicates itself to pro-bono work, created the blog in September 2005. John Mathias, an adviser to the foundation and partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, updates the site about once a week.

"We want to improve the public's perception of lawyers by identifying and praising pro-bono lawyers, who otherwise almost never receive any public or press recognition for what they do," Mathias says.

The blog tends to have a law firm slant, but the site may add more corporate counsel coverage in the future.

A majority of the entries contain passages from press releases and news stories, links to full articles and original commentary. Posts span two topics: recognizing outstanding pro-bono efforts and international events.

"The focus is supposed to be on pro-bono lawyers, their clients and their achievements," Mathias says. "I go astray from time to time with posts about the oppression of lawyers in other countries, Darfur and the death penalty."

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