It was the mid-2000s and Intel Corp. executives—consistent with the company’s goal to help its communities—decided to implement a skills-based volunteer program companywide. This meant Intel employees would take the skills they use every day at work and put them to use to help those in need. The idea was perfect for the legal department, which was already looking to get an official pro bono program off the ground.
In 2006, under the direction of GC Bruce Sewell, the department formed a pro bono committee of 13 lawyers and four nonlawyers including two co-chairs. The program is spread across Intel’s four major U.S. sites—Santa Clara, Calif.; Chandler, Ariz.; Folsom, Calif.; and Hillsboro, Ore. By early 2007, pro bono volunteers got to work.