BNY Mellon’s young pro bono program quickly grows to span the globe

Jane Sherburne and Deborah Kaye think big to make pro bono a priority

Deborah Kaye, managing director and senior managing counsel of BNY Mellon/Photo: BNY Mellon

When Jane Sherburne joined The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. as general counsel in 2010, instituting a formal pro bono program was high on her list of priorities. Fortunately, the bank’s senior managing counsel, Deborah Kaye, a self-described “pro bono junkie” who has been involved in pro bono work since she was 15 years old, was more than willing to spearhead the initiative.

Kaye put together a pro bono committee, comprising members from different company offices, who worked together to identify projects that interested lawyers in each region. The company also reached out to Corporate Pro Bono, a joint project of the Pro Bono Institute and the Association of Corporate Counsel, which provided them with resources including templates and workshops.

Alanna Byrne

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