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O’Melveny’s Lash Quoted on Maximizing Pro Bono Impact Through Cooperation

January 06, 2015 David Lash, managing counsel of O’Melveny & Myers’ public interest and pro bono services, recently spoke to The American Lawyer for “All for One,” a January 5, 2015 article on law firm collaboration on major pro bono projects. The piece describes the Association of Pro Bono Counsel’s IMPACT (Involving More Pro Bono Attorneys in our Communities Together) Project, which grew out of a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden that brought together a dozen major law firms to discuss ways to improve access to justice and expand the role of pro bono attorneys in serving the disadvantaged. The APBCo IMPACT Project has launched projects in eight urban centers around the country, including in Los Angeles and New York where O’Melveny lawyers are helping lead these efforts. "We've very proud of this," Lash said, noting that by creating step-by-step guides for these projects, they can be replicated in other cities.

Lash also was quoted in Daily Journal’s January 2 article discussing a ruling awarding US$5.4 million in attorney fees in a civil rights case on behalf of LA County inmates, which may be one of the largest sums awarded among recent civil rights cases, according to the article. "An award like this will not only level the playing field, but will encourage good lawyers to get involved in cases that may be precedent-setting," he said.