RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRO BONO TASK FORCE TO INCREASE THE LEADERSHIP ROLE OF PHILADELPHIA'S LARGE AND MID-SIZED FIRMS IN PRO BONO PARTICIPATION

WHEREAS, in December 2001, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Allan Gordon empanelled a Pro Bono Task Force to comprehensively evaluate the need for, and the delivery of, pro bono legal services to the needy, disadvantaged and disenfranchised in Philadelphia;

WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force, after extensive research and investigation, submitted a Report, including Findings and Recommendations ("the Report") to the Board of Governors on June 27, 2002;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors, after discussion and upon oral motion made and duly seconded, accepted the Report for comment and study;

WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force recommended that the large and mid-sized firms take a greater leadership role in creating and participating in pro bono programs;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recognizes the unique role large and mid-sized firms are positioned to play in the provision of pro bono services;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association approves, accepts and supports this recommendation and urges large and mid-sized firms to review these suggestions as a useful model to develop effective pro bono programs (see Report Recommendations F1 through F12);

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association urges the Large and Mid-sized Firms Committees to monitor the efficacy of the pro bono programs of their members and to make a report at the annual Board of Governors meeting devoted to pro bono.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: September 26, 2002