Everybody wins with client-firm pro bono partnerships

Partnerships between law firms and corporate legal departments offer the ability to keep lawyers involved in projects that attack the justice gap

The commitment to pro bono representation is core to every lawyer's obligations. Most lawyers, both in private practice and in-house, have a genuine desire to be involved with meaningful pro bono work. However, all lawyers have a challenge in meeting that desire because of other demands on their time.

Businesses face other challenges in becoming involved in pro bono. A business can easily lose its connectedness to the legal system when its only involvement is unwanted litigation. Also, many in-house lawyers are leery of becoming involved in pro bono matters that are not perfect fits for their legal experience. And most businesses are not aware of the pro bono opportunities that do exist.

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Kevin Long

Kevin Long is the national chair of Quarles & Brady LLP’s Commercial Litigation Group. His practice focuses on construction and real estate litigation. He is also...

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Mike Gonring

Mike Gonring, a partner at Quarles & Brady, has spent more than 30 years defending companies nationwide against product liability claims. For the last 15...

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