MIAMI (June 14, 2019) – Holland & Knight announced today that it will be rolling out an innovative technology platform across the firm to better match its lawyers and paralegals with pro bono opportunities and to increase access to justice for people and organizations in need. The firm has been working with the legal tech startup Paladin for two years as Paladin has developed a groundbreaking pro bono platform for law firms, in-house counsel and legal service organizations.
The cutting-edge software solution will make it easier for attorneys to find pro bono opportunities that are a good fit for their legal skills, interests and availability. Additionally, the tool will enable the firm to intelligently track the legal needs of potential pro bono clients in various regions, so that it can train and prepare its attorneys to meet those needs.
"We are thrilled to have been one of Paladin's earliest partners in the development and implementation of a pro bono matching tool, which is now also used by top companies such as Dell and Verizon," said Josias Dewey Holland & Knight's innovation partner.
"Thanks to this revolutionary technology, our attorneys will have a real-time database of pro bono opportunities at their fingertips," according to Meghan Hely Walsh Holland & Knight's corporate responsibility partner. "The firm will have an incredible tool to advance in its pro bono investments upon the needs of the communities in which we practice."
Holland & Knight's pro bono practice is as varied as the needs of the 28 communities in which it has offices, but the firm has dedicated itself to several signature projects such as its work for veterans and members of the military through the American Bar Association's (ABA) Military Pro Bono Project, Mission United, GI Law, the Gary Sinise Foundation and other organizations. Holland & Knight has received the ABA Military Pro Bono Project award every year since its inception.
"Holland & Knight has a well-deserved reputation for being both a tech innovator and pro bono leader," said Felicity Conrad, Paladin's co-founder and CEO. "In partnership with the firm, we've moved one step closer to our shared goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all."
About Paladin: Paladin's mission is to increase access to justice by helping legal teams streamline their pro bono programs. It works with in-house legal teams, law firms and law schools to centralize pro bono opportunities, increase engagement, and capture impact. Paladin is based in New York with an office in Chicago, where they were part of Techstars. The company is backed by a variety of investment partners, including Mark Cuban, Human Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Backstage Capital, Chaac Ventures and Empire State Development. For more information, please visit www.joinpaladin.com.
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