SAN FRANCISCO, CA [October 27, 2009] - Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to join the American Bar Association ("ABA") and other law institutions across the U.S. in sponsoring the first annual National Pro Bono Celebration, designated October 25-31, 2009. The week is a communal effort by the legal community to recognize the work lawyers do on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. Morrison & Foerster will host events that will highlight the firm's pro bono engagements and provide attorneys with training opportunities that will encourage them to give back to their communities through free legal services.
"Morrison & Foerster's long-standing commitment to pro bono work is a fundamental component of the culture here, and we are delighted to be a part of the ABA's Pro Bono Celebration," said Morrison & Foerster chair Keith Wetmore. "The firm has always valued opportunities to meet the legal needs of individuals being denied access to justice, and this week is a good reminder of our responsibility as lawyers to continuously seek this type of work."
Public interest attorneys are invited to join a free webinar that Morrison & Foerster is co-hosting with Pro Bono Net on October 30, 2009, which will provide an introduction to the extensive array of volunteer opportunities, training calendars, and searchable libraries of practice resources located on Pro Bono Net (Register for free at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/283246377).
For more than 50 years, Morrison & Foerster attorneys have volunteered their time and expertise to matters of public interest. In 2008 alone, attorneys devoted over 115,000 hours to this practice. Earlier this year, American Lawyer magazine again ranked Morrison & Foerster on its "A-List" of the Top 20 Law Firms in the Country, and the firm's dedication to pro bono work was a significant factor in earning a Top 10 ranking.
Pro bono legal services provided by Morrison & Foerster attorneys include the following:
For more information on Morrison & Foerster's pro bono services, please visit http://www.mofo.com/generalcontent/culture/community/overview.
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