The Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of McGuireWoods kicked off Pro
Bono Month early by teaming up with Bank of America and California Rural
Legal Assistance for a criminal record expunction/re-entry pro bono legal
clinic via Zoom on Sept. 24, 2020.
Overall, 17 volunteers from Bank of America and McGuireWoods organized the
event and assisted 13 clients with 98 petitions. This was the third time
McGuireWoods’ Los Angeles lawyers participated in this clinic and the first
time San Francisco participated. Pro bono leaders for the California
offices — Century City partner
Molly White, downtown Los Angeles partner
Tanya Greene and San Francisco partner
Jeff Browning — spearheaded the effort. All pro bono volunteers attended CLE training on
Sept. 9 in preparation. As with many events in recent months, the clinic
was conducted virtually to maintain social distancing during the pandemic.
Held a week before October — declared “Pro Bono Month” in many
jurisdictions, as an expansion of the weeklong National Celebration of Pro
Bono the American Bar Association will hold Oct. 25-31 — this clinic
launches the firm’s participation in this year’s nationwide effort to
recognize and encourage pro bono legal service.