All around the country, lawyers are doing legal work for indigent clients. They provide their legal expertise to needy clients — and they do it for free. You’ve probably heard of the phrase pro bono, which is short for the Latin pro bono publico which means “for the public good.”

This is honorable, valuable volunteer work. In fact, lawyers everywhere just marked Pro Bono Week at the end of October. It is in that spirit we are proud to tell you about the annual Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award.

Do you know of someone who did exceptional pro bono legal work in 2011?

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, would like to hear about them.

The annual Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award honors individual lawyers, law firms, law students, law schools, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other legal institutions that volunteered legal services to the poor, the vulnerable and the exploited.

FindLaw’s parent company Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, acquired Super Lawyers in Feb. 2010. The business creates and distributes an annual listing of outstanding U.S. lawyers by state and practice area.

In researching so many attorneys, Super Lawyers hears many inspiring stories. They hear about those who have improved foster care or represented those on death row, among many other admirable accomplishments.

The Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award allows them to shine a spotlight on attorneys and law students who do amazing work on behalf of others who are vulnerable or exploited.

So, if you think a legal professional, organization or law student who you think deserves to be recognized for their pro bono services, please let Super Lawyers know. Award recipients will receive a cash award and editorial recognition in a 2012 edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

The nomination period for the award is now open and will conintue through November 28, 2011. Award recipient(s) will be announced in January, 2012. To learn more about the award or submit an nomination, click here.

— Barb McGivern, Vice President & General Manager, Super Lawyers
with Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Audience Team

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