DLA Piper commits to pro bono with new strategy

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is to create an international corporate and social responsibility (CSR) committee to help drive forward its global pro bono effort.

The project is named New Perimeters and the committee will consist of eight CSR partners who will have responsibility for ‘scoping out’ upcoming projects to make sure they do not create conflicts within the firm. A second group of eight will act as project managers.

Elaine Radford, head of CSR Europe and Asia, said: “CSR partners in Europe, Asia and the US will all play their part in the management of new global projects. Their local knowledge and proactive approach will be invaluable as cross-border teams of lawyers working on international pro bono projects are created.”

The committee is set to have its first meeting in the autumn and then reconvene monthly.

The firm previously appointed CSR partners in every region to coordinate domestic pro bono efforts with each allocated 50 hours to devote to not-for-profit work.