Clifford Chance has created a partnership with Paladin, an innovative technology tool to facilitate attorney engagement and broaden the reach of the firm's programs and activities based in the US.
Lawyers at Clifford Chance will use the tool to receive real-time listings of available pro bono matters that fit their preferences and to request projects when their schedules allow. Paladin's platform will provide the firm with metrics, internal tracking capabilities and external reporting on trending needs in the communities it serves. Clifford Chance say the partnership aligns with their responsible business strategy, which guides how the firm conducts its core business activities and encompasses strong support for pro bono work that widens access to justice and supports the rule of law globally. “Our pro bono practice in the United States plays a significant role in fulfilling the firm's global pledge to help 100,000 people annually,” said Evan Cohen, regional managing partner for Clifford Chance in the Americas.
"Meaningful" pro bono
Mr Cohen explained, “Our goals in partnering with Paladin are to increase engagement and create efficiencies that will enable us to do even more.” Kristen Sonday, Paladin’s co-founder and coo, said “Clifford Chance’s unique pledge is a testament to the Firm’s commitment to access to justice.” Ms Sonday added, “We’re looking forward to working with their visionary team on scaling pro bono in a meaningful way.”