My work: Expanding and deepening the civic engagement of law firms and corporate legal departments.
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This profile was prepared when Esther Lardent was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Esther’s idea is to take the legal profession’s limited and sporadic pro bono commitment to scale by creating, steering, and supporting peer groups of large law firms and corporate legal departments. Under Esther’s leadership, the peer groups establish reference points for commitment and best practices, identify innovative ways to offer pro bono legal services, and track commitment and performance. As a result, the legal needs of the underserved are better addressed and the civic engagement of the legal community grows stronger.