Every October the American Bar Association celebrates pro bono across America with a National Celebration of Pro Bono. This year, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), the owner of the Burger King®, Tim Hortons® and Popeyes® brands, and McDermott, Will & Emery helped Legal Services of Greater Miami kick off pro bono month with an inaugural corporate collaboration to support Legal Services’ Transactional Equal Justice Pro Bono Clinic. Attorneys nationwide from McDermott and the legal department of RBI provided legal assistance on various transactional issues to nonprofits, small and minority owned businesses who provide services in our communities, veterans, and disabled homeowners.
McDermott partner, Michael Bruno, who spearheaded the Transactional Equal Justice Project is, “very excited to have launched the Inaugural Transactional Equal Justice Clinic Collaboration between McDermott and RBI providing legal assistance to deserving clients. We look forward to organizing collaborative clinics between law firms and companies throughout South Florida to foster corporate social responsibility through transactional pro bono service.” Vicente Tome, Head of Legal, U.S. & LAC, Restaurant Brand International, added, “The RBI Legal Department is excited to lend its transactional expertise to small business entrepreneurs pursuing their big dreams, veterans and disabled homeowners through this team effort with McDermott and Legal Services.”
During this critical time in our country, with so many experiencing the ramifications of COVID-19 the need for pro bono support is particularly essential. The collaboration of these two legal powerhouses will hopefully set precedent for other law firms and in-house legal departments to work together to provide pro bono assistance.
“Legal Services of Greater Miami is thankful to these two industry leaders for setting the example and lending towards a positive pro bono month and year to come! It is our hope that other law firms and corporate in-house departments will join this collaborative effort and that we will be able to host a new clinic every other month in our community,” expressed Jayme Cassidy, Legal Services’ Pro Bono Advocacy Director.
For more information on the Transactional Equal Justice Project, please contact Pro Bono Advocacy Director Jayme Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org
**To learn more about this collaboration, please refer to the American Bar Association post. READ HERE