The growth of our pro bono program and the firm’s deep, unwavering commitment are a testament to Bob Dell’s decision early in his tenure as the firm’s chair and managing partner to integrate pro bono into our culture. His inherent belief in the importance of pro bono to our profession and to our firm has been critical to our success.
In honor of Bob’s retirement at the end of 2014 and in recognition of his tremendous legacy, we established the Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service. The award is given annually to a Latham lawyer or legal team who makes exceptional contributions to pro bono, and it comes with a directed donation to a legal aid organization chosen by the recipient(s) of the prize.
We were thrilled to name Bob as the inaugural recipient of this award in October 2014. On behalf of Bob, a donation was given to the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, which protects the rights of low-income employees to work in a safe, respectful environment that is free from discrimination and in compliance with the law. Bob has long been a friend and supporter of LAS-ELC, serving on its board since 1993 and on its Executive Committee for many years.
In addition, in recognition of Bob’s contributions to the firm, Latham partners made a separate donation in Bob’s name to LAS-ELC. This gift was used to endow the “Robert M. Dell Student Advocates,” funding LAS-ELC’s summer law student program through 2024.
Other winners include teams fighting for minority voting rights, advising a nonprofit using cutting-edge technology to protect our oceans, and advocating for US veterans. Please click on the videos below to learn more.