Why Partnerships Can Help Maximize In-House Pro Bono

It’s partnerships like Chubb’s that have helped legal departments and companies establish and grow successful pro bono programs to give back to their communities through free legal representation, according to Takacs and other panelists.

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Michele Gorman
November 3, 2019

Tags: Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Bar Association (ABA)


Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence Winthrop said it’s significant to see corporate lawyers embracing their pro bono role and responsibility. While ensuring meaningful access to the court system for all residents, including those who cannot afford traditional legal services, is of tremendous interest and concern to the judiciary, it’s also a communitywide matter, he said.

He discussed the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice, created in 2014 to form partnerships across the community and recommend innovative projects to promote access to justice for civil litigants in the state who can’t afford a lawyer or choose to represent themselves.

Beyond judges and lawyers, the commission involves philanthropic and nonprofit entities, businesses, representatives from the State Bar of Arizona and the governor’s general counsel, Judge Winthrop said.