Merck's pro bono program expands as it grows up

The Pro Bono Institute recognizes Merck after nearly 20 years of expanding pro bono work

Courtesy of Pro Bono Institute/John Harrington Photography

Like a tree, a successful corporate pro bono program starts small and compact, then grows, getting bigger and branching out with time. 

When then-general counsel Mary McDonald started Merck & Co. Inc.’s pro bono program in 1994, it was just a small core group of lawyers working on bankruptcies and family law.

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