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Pro Bono Manager Signs First Customers
by Adam Licht

Global law firms Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP have signed on as customers for PBN's Pro Bono Manager, and will begin using this web-based service to manage and promote their pro bono work.  This new software service, developed by Pro Bono Net with grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation, is set to launch next month.  The venture will provide earned income to enable Pro Bono Net to continue providing critical services to a national network of nonprofit legal organizations, courts and bar associations, while also promoting increased pro bono involvement at large firms.

“We’re thrilled to implement Pro Bono Manager at our firm,” says Miriam Buhl, Pro Bono Counsel at Weil Gotshal & Manges.  “Pro Bono is very important at Weil, and this new platform will allow us to more effectively manage and promote our practice and better support the many attorneys who volunteer.”

“Since the early stages of development, Pro Bono Net has sought input from Orrick and a number of other firms to ensure the software is user friendly and addresses firms’ greatest needs,” adds Orrick Pro Bono Counsel Rene Kathawala.  “Using Pro Bono Manager, we have an out-of-the-box platform that can help us more easily staff and monitor matters, match attorneys with volunteer opportunities, and create reports on the time and resources devoted to pro bono by our firm’s lawyers.”

Pro Bono Manager is built on Microsoft’s SharePoint 2007 platform and was developed in partnership with XMLAW, the leading provider of SharePoint products and services to the legal industry. The platform can carry an individual firm’s branding, and will display a firm’s time tracking data without the need for additional programming.  Pro Bono Counsel and Management do not need special technological skills to utilize the system, which can be up and running in as little as two weeks.

Pro Bono Net has recently gone on the road with Pro Bono Manager, generating a buzz among leading firms, participating as a  corporate sponsor and exhibitor at the 2007 Pro Bono Institute Annual Seminar, and giving demonstrations at meetings with law firms in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.  The new platform has even garnered attention in London, where it was the subject of a recent article by Karen Jones, editor of Citytech, an online publication about the global legal technology industry.

For more information about Pro Bono Manager, or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Adam Licht, Director of Product Management, at alicht@probono.net.  More information is available online at www.probono.net/pbm (links to PDF).


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