Each year, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Pro Bono Publico Awards honor individuals or organizations in the legal community that enhance the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor or disadvantaged. 2013 recipients were honored at a luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This is the second of a five-part series recognizing this year’s award winners.
Exelon’s legal department initiated an official pro bono program in 2002 to encourage all employees — not just attorneys — to participate in charitable activities, such as ensuring access to legal services for the poor. Exelon is a model for other companies through its pro bono policies, including allowing its attorneys and paralegals to apply up to 50 hours of pro bono work against their annual hourly requirement, establishing a department goal for pro bono hours and evaluating outside counsel based in part on their pro bono activities.
Click here to meet members of Exelon’s legal department and hear more about their pro bono program.