July 2011

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Although officially the Baker Donelson 2011 Memphis Pro Bono Award, we could really call this one a lifetime achievement award – recipient David Bearman has been devoting himself to pro bono legal representation of those who truly need his services for many years, long before the firm began to officially recognize it through awards and billable credit. David has handled all types of cases for individuals who cannot afford legal representation, from family and domestic matters to probate and even minor criminal cases, and has always worked tirelessly for his pro bono clients. (more…)

Sometimes it seems like an otherwise enthusiastic group of attorneys gets into the pro bono doldrums. Maybe everyone is just super busy, or maybe not quite busy enough – seems like the latter is more likely to bring on a general enthusiasm slump. Maybe it’s just the lethargy brought on by beastly hot weather. A once lively rate of pro bono participation seems to be slipping, and you’re having trouble finding volunteers.  Eek!  Have you worn out your welcome? (more…)

As Baker Donelson’s Pro Bono Shareholder, I am constantly trying to think of new ways to continue the amazing growth we have seen in our pro bono program over the last several years. After we reorganized our pro bono structure in 2008, our program really took off, and our hours doubled from 2008 to 2010. At some point, though, you’ve picked all the low hanging fruit and you have to roll up your sleeves and work harder to figure out where more growth can be found. (more…)

As Baker Donelson’s Pro Bono Shareholder, I am constantly trying to think of new ways to continue the amazing growth we have seen in our pro bono program over the last several years. After we reorganized our pro bono structure in 2008, our program really took off, and our hours doubled from 2008 to 2010. At some point, though, you’ve picked all the low hanging fruit and you have to roll up your sleeves and work harder to figure out where more growth can be found. (more…)