Legal Departments Of The Year: GE Pro Bono Efforts Help Nonprofits, Indigent And Others
By that, he means lawyers helping out even if what they're doing is not technically the practice of law. For example, GE lawyers help out with what they call "Street Law." In that initiative, attorneys go to inner city high schools and talk to students about the way the law works.
"You're not practicing law, but you're using education and experience to bring home civic lessons of being a law-abiding citizen to people that might not get that type of teaching," said Nordstrom. He added that pro bono speakers use "real life examples that are of interest to students."
Another endeavor the non-Connecticut licensed GC's get have been involved in is a program called Dressed For Success, which assists indigent job-seekers by helping them get better clothes for job interviews and providing them with career development skills.
"I don't know of anybody who's taken on a pro bono case and regretted doing it," said Nordstrom. "It tends to be a positive experience. It's also a good opportunity to work with outside counsel in a way that's a little different than the typical outside counsel relationship. That also is, I think, very helpful… People who take the time to take on a pro bono assignment feel very rewarded and good about it."•