Law Week gathered a group of attorneys specializing in pro bono work for its second quarter roundtable. Participants included Denver Bar Association Metro Volunteer Lawyers director Toni-Anne Dasent, Hogan Lovells partner Clay James, Rollin Braswell Fisher partner Marsha Piccone, Association of Corporate Counsel pro bono and community outreach committee chair Carolyn Powell and Davis Graham & Stubbs partner Peter Schwartz.
LAW WEEK:We typically do these roundtables with managing partners on business-focused topics, but this time we thought we’d do something a little different and focus on pro bono; how firms approach it, how firms can work with organizations such as (Metro Volunteer Lawyers or the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network) and where the greatest need is.
Just to start off, I was wondering if we could get a picture of what the overall need is for pro bono work.
DASENT:You’re looking at me.
LAW WEEK: I’m looking at you specifically on this one. What types of cases are out there? I know Metro Volunteer Lawyers has its own specific focus, but in general, is there an increase in the number of people interested in volunteering as well as the need for pro bono services?