Vice President Biden Invites Association of Pro Bono Counsel and Law Firm Leaders to Discuss Pro Bono Legal Services for the Poor

September 25, 2012


Media Contacts:

David A. Lash, APBCo Co-President                   
C/o O’Melveny & Myers LLP
400 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90071
(213) 430-8366
Albert W. Wallis, APBCo Co-President
C/o Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 01211
(617) 856-8119

Boston, Massachusetts, September 24, 2012 -- On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (“APBCo”) and senior management from board members’ firms met with Vice President Biden and White House staff, in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. The Vice President convened the meeting to focus on access to justice issues and the role that pro bono counsel at law firms play in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The meeting attendees discussed and celebrated collaborations between pro bono counsel and other stakeholders, including legal services organizations, bar associations and the judiciary. The participants committed to a long-term project to improve law firm efforts to expand access to justice, and the Vice President commended their commitment to increasing pro bono services.

Invited guests and meeting attendees were APBCo board member law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Baker & McKenzie, Brown Rudnick LLP, Cooley LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Kaye Scholer LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, O’Melveny & Myers LLP , Shearman & Sterling LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and Winston & Strawn LLP.

About the Association of Pro Bono Counsel
Established in 2006 to support the professional development of full-time pro bono counsel at commercial law firms, APBCo has over 120 members from over 85 U.S. law firms. The organization works to develop best practices in the field of pro bono practice management and to promote social justice and access to justice in the legal profession.

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Pro Bono Program
For more than 100 years, O’Melveny & Myers LLP has channeled the creativity and passion of its lawyers into public interest efforts that benefit the poor and powerless in local communities and society at large. Our lawyers are actively involved in their communities, engaging in our profession’s highest calling—ensuring access to justice through pro bono representation of the poor and disenfranchised. We utilize the expertise of our wide-ranging commercial practice to assist indigent individuals in nonprofit organizations in complex litigation, labor and employment, tax, corporate transactions, appeals, intellectual property, criminal law, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, election law, and other types of sophisticated engagements. We also partner with legal services organizations to engage in more traditional pro bono work involving immigration, housing, civil rights, the arts, children’s rights, education, family law/domestic violence, elder law, clinic work, contract and lease negotiations, nonprofit incorporation, consumer fraud, special education, death penalty, and public benefits.