PBI Announces National Leadership Committee for the Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 19:10

Pro Bono Institute (PBI) today announced the members of its Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono National Leadership Committee. The committee consists of the following prominent leaders in the legal community.
Hilarie Bass, Co-President, Greenberg Traurig
Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M Company
Ken Frazier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Co. Inc.
Elisa Garcia, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Office Depot, Inc.
Greg Jordan, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Stasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper
Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus, Goodwin Procter
Thomas Russo, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and Government Affairs, American International Group, Inc.
Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aetna Inc.
Robert Sheehan, Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
David Williams, Managing Principal, Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship, Deloitte LLP
PBI’s Board of Directors launched the Fund in 2015 to further the legacy of PBI Founder Esther Lardent. Lardent focused her 45-year legal career on fighting for civil rights and access to justice issues through cutting-edge, innovative, and unprecedented programs that leveraged the resources of law firms and in-house legal departments to promote more impactful pro bono.
With the support of the National Leadership Committee, PBI will use the Fund to advance pro bono through new, creative, and collaborative initiatives. PBI will also host the Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series which will include networking events, leadership dinners, and educational programming to strengthen the legal community's commitment to access to justice.
“Esther Lardent was such a unique and powerful influence on the legal community and access to justice. As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, she overcame tremendous odds, which she paid forward with creativity, ingenuity, and tenacity. Esther fought to foster a legal community committed to applying best practices to pro bono legal services.  To be able to continue that work and ensure that pro bono thrives is an honor,” said PBI President and CEO Eve Runyon.

The Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series will kick off with “Cocktails and Conversation with Brackett Denniston and Ben Heineman” on June 9 in Boston. Hosted by Goodwin Procter, this event will invite lawyers from law firms and legal departments, as well as various other stakeholders, to join these two former general counsel of General Electric Company to discuss pressing issues in the realms of access to justice, pro bono, partnerships, and corporate social responsibility.
“We are making a concerted effort to nurture the sense of collaboration that has emerged in the pro bono community to create a space in which we can inspire greatness and move a bit faster toward closing the justice gap. Esther reached thousands of people who can now carry the torch into new territory. Our aim is to ensure we use our institutional knowledge to maximize our impact while grooming the next generation of pro bono leaders,” said David Williams, Managing Principal, Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship of Deloitte LLP.

For more information about the National Leadership Committee, the Leadership series, or to support the Fund, contact Kelly Simon at ‪202.729.6691 or ksimon@probonoinst.org.
About the Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono
Pro Bono Institute (PBI) has launched two new initiatives in honor of Esther F. Lardent, PBI’s founder, President and CEO for almost two decades. The Esther F. Lardent Fund for Innovation in Pro Bono, established by PBI’s Board of Directors in 2015, was created to support new and innovative pro bono projects designed to close the justice gap. The primary goal of the Fund is to ensure that Esther’s vision of a society in which everyone receives equal treatment under the law remains strong and that the work to realize that vision through new and innovative initiatives will continue for generations to come.
As part of the Fund, PBI launched the Esther F. Lardent Leadership in Pro Bono Series which will be comprised of leadership dinners, educational forums, and networking events designed to bring together the legal community to promote innovative and creative dialogue on legal practice and access to justice.
About Pro Bono Institute
Founded in 1996, Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono. Through our work with law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations, PBI is the global thought leader in exploring, identifying, evaluating, catalyzing, and taking to scale new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.