Baker Donelson expands pro bono program

by

Published: July 26,2010

Tags: attorneys, charitable giving, law, pro bono

JACKSON — The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has revised its pro bono policy in a move that could significantly increase the number of hours that its nearly 550 attorneys spend providing free legal services to people of limited means.

The firm has implemented a new pro bono policy that provides billable hour credit to all attorneys for up to 50 hours per year of pro bono work, up from the previous credit total of 20 hours per year.

According to Lisa Borden, Baker Donelson’s pro bono shareholder, the change is designed to encourage the firm’s attorneys to dedicate even more of their time to providing legal representation free of charge to those who otherwise could not afford the services of an attorney.

In 2005, the firm established a committee to implement programs to promote the quality and quantity of the pro bono work being performed by Baker Donelson attorneys. In 2007, the firm created the new position of pro bono shareholder, naming Borden to that position to work with the committee in overseeing the development and administration of pro bono programs throughout Baker Donelson’s 15 offices in five states and Washington, D.C. That move made Baker Donelson the first law firm in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee — and one of only 20 of the top 100 law firms in the country — with a dedicated pro bono office and firm-wide pro bono manager.

[RSS Feed] [del.icio.us]



To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.

2 Responses to “Baker Donelson expands pro bono program”

  1. Baker Donelson expands pro bono program | The Jackson 10 - Top Ten Lists of the Best Restaurants, Businesses, Services, and Everything Else You Can Imagine in Jackson, MS Says:

    [...] Follow this link: Baker Donelson expands pro bono program [...]

  2. Twitter Trackbacks for Mississippi Business Journal » Blog Archive » Baker Donelson expands pro bono program [msbusiness.com] on Topsy.com Says:

    [...] Mississippi Business Journal » Blog Archive » Baker Donelson expands pro bono program msbusiness.com/blog/2010/07/baker-donelson-expands-pro-bono-program/ – view page – cached JACKSON — The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has revised its pro bono policy in a move that could significantly increase the number of hours that its nearly 550 attorneys spend providing free legal services to people of limited means. Tweets about this link [...]

POST A COMMENT

 

Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail

Our annual "Come See Us" magazine offers ideas for spots in Mississippi ranging from golf to culture to history to food. Click the photo for ideas, stories and access to the digital edition of this year's magazine.

FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTER

Top Posts & Pages

%d bloggers like this: