2020 Pro Bono & Social Impact Report

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Guiding the Creation of In-House Pro Bono Programs Around the Country In addition to our direct pro bono work, our team is dedicated to expanding equal-justice resources for everyone by helping our clients launch effective, compliant pro bono programs of their own. Last year we held our second annual Pro Bono Summit, in which more than 200 participants from companies around the country logged in to make connections with some of the biggest players in corporate pro bono and to get detailed guidance on how to do pro bono in-house. Our program brought together companies with sophisticated pro bono programs—such as Amazon, Discover Financial, Microsoft, and T-Mobile—and those seeking to get started. Idea exchange and honest dialogue followed. The event also included panel presentations on national opportunities to help with racial equity and COVID-19related work. Attendees came away with a better understanding of how to avoid liability, increase opportunity, and get their colleagues engaged in the effort. In addition, we created tailored CLEs on pro bono for several of our major clients. Joanna Plichta Boisen, our chief pro bono and social impact officer, and DWT partner John McKay, talked about what counts toward pro bono, how to get involved, malpractice issues, engagement letters, corporate partnerships, and more.

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