Holland & Knight LLP has announced that its third annual Pro Bono Cup was awarded to the firm's Atlanta office. The Pro Bono Cup is a traveling trophy that resides each year in the office with the highest percentage of lawyers participating in pro bono work during the previous year. The cup was formerly in the firm's Tallahassee office.
In 2003, the Atlanta office recorded the highest rankings in employee participation and average pro bono hours of all offices with 100 percent of both associates and paralegals participating in pro bono matters, averaging 53 pro bono hours per employee. More than 67 percent of partners also performed pro bono legal services.
Holland & Knight's renewed commitment to pro bono is evidenced in firm-wide data. The firm's total pro bono hours increased by 25.5 percent from 41,577 to 52,069 from 2002 to 2003. Participation rates also rose among Holland & Knight employees and lawyers.
"2003 was a banner year for pro bono at the firm," said Howell W. Melton Jr., managing partner. "Pro Bono provides us with the opportunity not only to realize our professional duty to provide legal services to people who would otherwise lack access to the legal system, but also to stretch our minds and legal skills sets. I am proud to lead a firm that exemplifies these values."
This year, Paul Keirnan, a litigation partner in the Washington, DC office, was the recipient of the 2004 Most Valuable Partner Performing Pro Bono for his work in federal civil rights litigation. The 2003 Pro Bono All Stars are: Ethan Arenson, Washington, DC; Shenan Atcitty, Washington, DC; Michele Brown, McLean, VA; Kathleen Cunningham, Chicago; Frances Faigenblat, Miami; Michael Garcia, Miami; Margaret Hackbarth, Washington, DC; Kristin Ittig, Washington, DC; Jennifer Mansfield, Jacksonville, fl; Tiffani Moody, Atlanta; Rafe Petersen, Washington, DC; Damon Seligson, Boston, and Stuart Turner, Washington, DC.