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Haynes and Boone Recognized by Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program for Pro Bono Service
DALLAS – The lawyers of Haynes and Boone, LLP were recognized by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, as outstanding civic attorney volunteers at the 29th Pro Bono Awards Reception Oct. 26. The firm also received the 2011 Gold Award for pro bono service (for firms with 150 or more Dallas office attorneys).
“Pro bono work is a part of the Haynes and Boone culture,” said Alan Wright, co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono / Public Service Committee. “We thank the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program for this recognition, and I sincerely thank the Haynes and Boone lawyers who actively use the law for helping those people and organizations who need it most.”
During the reporting period, 122 Haynes and Boone attorneys and staff volunteers in the Dallas office worked a total of 2,003 hours on pro bono matters referred to the firm by DVAP.
The annual awards program honors judges, attorneys, court reporters and legal staff who provide free legal services to indigent residents of Dallas County. DVAP has consistently been recognized as one of the country’s most successful programs of its kind. In a 12-month period, DVAP volunteers gave more than 50,000 hours of free legal aid to the less fortunate of Dallas.
At Haynes and Boone, the firmwide Pro Bono / Public Service Committee was formed more than 20 years ago to coordinate pro bono legal work and other public service opportunities and match them to lawyers and staff. The committee includes associates and partners, and the encouragement of pro bono service is reflected in the fact that more than 70 percent of associates and about 40 percent of partners regularly undertake pro bono work.