White Shoe Lawyers Rock at Pro Bono!
Usually, the payback for pro bono work is a feeling of satisfaction and perhaps some good PR. So who would have thought that pro bono could get a law firm backstage access at Led Zeppelin's historic reunion concert? But that was the reward for Skadden Arps for its work on a recent pro bono matter, according to this story at Condé Nast's Portfolio.com. When Led Zeppelin decided to reunite to honor Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records who originally signed Led Zeppelin in 1968, Ertegun's widow turned to Skadden for assistance. Carolyn Handler, an associate in Skadden's T&E department set up a foundation to manage and distribute the proceeds from the concert. Handler's services were offered on a pro bono basis.
To his credit, Ronald Weiss, the Skadden partner who also worked on the matter, called the high profile matter "a plug for the firm." But as the article points out, Skadden is hardly a slouch when it comes to pro bono, it works on death penalty matters and has been funding public interest fellowships to law school graduates since 1988.
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 14, 2007 at 05:51 PM | Permalink
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