Community

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Overview

Connected to the Community 

Pro bono is part of who we are and what we do at Faegre Drinker, every day. Throughout our history, Faegre Drinker attorneys and staff have fought for the causes that appeal to their sense of justice and are important to our communities. Since 2015, we have devoted more than 230,000 hours to pro bono work, providing legal counsel, courtroom advocacy and skilled representation to pro bono causes and clients that are as varied as our attorneys.
In keeping with our commitment to equal justice, we:
  • Enforce constitutional rights of foster children needing protection, citizens fighting to have their vote counted and prisoners entitled to freedom of worship and decent medical care
  • Fight for the lives of inmates on death row
  • Represent tenants to ensure stable, safe and affordable housing
  • Help veterans receive benefits to which they are entitled
  • Advocate for domestic violence survivors to obtain protection orders
  • Counsel and represent budding artists and small nonprofits on governance, intellectual property, and legal rights and responsibilities
  • Assist with financing development in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods
  • Represent immigrants and asylum-seekers in achieving safety and stability
  • Advance and protect human rights and the rule of law at home and around the globe

To each of these clients and causes, and everyone we serve, we bring the passion, commitment, ethics and excellence that distinguish Faegre Drinker. Our steadfast commitment to pro bono service provides value to our clients, our communities and our world. And as a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Pro Bono Challenge, we publicly acknowledge our firm-wide commitment to provide pro bono legal services focused on low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families, and nonprofit groups. 

Public recognition of our pro bono work is affirming and rewarding. We are particularly honored to have received:

  • The 2019 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
  • The John Carroll Society’s Pro Bono Legal Service Award in Washington, D.C.
  • The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award
  • The Dallas Bar Association’s Pro Bono Bronze Award
  • The Indiana Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Law Firm of the Year awards from many of our key legal aid partners in the community.
We also have been publicly recognized by the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey for our outstanding efforts in the prisoner reentry program and by the Colorado Supreme Court for achievement in pro bono.

Faegre Drinker also sponsors a wide range of community service opportunities for all firm personnel. Our activities leverage our collective time, talent and resources to address community needs, emphasizing children and families, education, job-readiness, housing and homelessness, veterans’ affairs and hunger.

We are proud of our attorneys, professionals and staff colleagues who give their time and talent to pro bono and community service activities. We also are extraordinarily grateful to the many clients who join us in pro bono and community service endeavors and to the nonprofit organizations that partner with us in this important work.

Our attorneys and other professionals will continue our tradition of making a difference — not just to our clients but also to the communities in which we live and practice. This is our heritage and our future.

Community Pro Bono

News & Insights

News

News December 2019

Kaitlyn Stone Elected to Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Board of Trustees

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News November 2019

Pro Bono Team Obtains Landmark Settlement for Pennsylvania Death Row Inmates

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News November 2019

Chicago Litigators Successfully Prosecute Murder-for-Hire Plot

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News November 2019

Partner Kristen Reilly Honored for Pro Bono Work for the Homeless

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News October 2019

Kaitlyn Stone Honored at NJSBA’s Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception

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Press Release October 2019

FaegreBD Named 2019 ‘Law Firm of the Year’ by Tubman

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Press Release July 2019

FaegreBD Pro Bono Team Achieves Settlement for Abused Children in Hennepin County Foster Care

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Press Release May 2019

FaegreBD to Receive Prestigous ABA Pro Bono Publico Award

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Press Release December 2018

FaegreBD Fort Wayne Office Receives Pro Bono Award from Indiana Bar Foundation

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Press Release November 2018

Carl Pebworth Presented Pro Bono Award

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Press Release May 2018

FaegreBD Recognized as ‘Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year' by Volunteer Lawyers Network

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Press Release May 2018

FaegreBD Honored by Colorado Supreme Court for 2017 Pro Bono Work

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Press Release March 2018

Michael Cockson Named an HCBA ‘Excellence Award' Honoree

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Press Release March 2018

Trip DeMuth Named a ‘Top Litigator' by Law Week Colorado

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Press Release January 2018

FaegreBD Pro Bono Lawyers Michael Cockson, Adam Nodler and Isaac Hall Named 2017 ‘Attorneys of the Year' by Minnesota Lawyer

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Press Release December 2017

Jessica Van Dalen Receives Pro Bono Publico Award from Indiana Bar Foundation

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Press Release June 2017

Pro Bono Trial Team Secures Record Rent Abatement for Tenants from Major Minneapolis Landlord

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Press Release May 2017

Kelly Tautges Joins FaegreBD Pro Bono Team

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Press Release May 2017

FaegreBD Consulting Client IRAP Secures 2,500 Visas for Afghan Allies

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Press Release May 2017

Brian Paul Receives Seventh Circuit Bar Association Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service

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Press Release February 2017

FaegreBD Celebrates $25M Grant for Center for New Americans

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Press Release November 2016

FaegreBD's United Way Campaign Raises More Than $500,000

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Press Release September 2016

Pro Bono Litigation Team Obtains Ruling Against Fraudulent Minneapolis Landlord

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Press Release July 2016

American Lawyer Names Faegre Baker Daniels Among Top Firms for Pro Bono Work

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Press Release June 2016

National Immigrant Justice Center Honors Josh Abel with Rising Star Award for Human Rights Work

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Press Release June 2016

Indiana Supreme Court Appoints Carl Pebworth to Newly Established Coalition for Court Access

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Press Release March 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Pro Bono Team Named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

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Press Release December 2015

National Defense Authorization Act Extension Represents Pro Bono Victory for FaegreBDC Client IRAP

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Press Release June 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Favorable Decision for Pro Bono Client in Deportation Case

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Press Release December 2014

FaegreBDC, IRAP Collaborate on Pro Bono Victory Resulting in 4,000 Afghan Ally Visas

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Press Release December 2014

FaegreBD Pro Bono Lawyers Successful in Litigation to Amend Birth Certificate Gender Marker

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Press Release November 2014

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon Honored with IndyBar Pro Bono Award

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Press Release October 2014

Three FaegreBD Attorneys Honored with Pro Bono Publico Awards

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Press Release August 2014

Bipartisan Congressional Approval Results in 1,000 Additional Afghan Ally Visas

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Press Release June 2014

Bill Callison Receives Colorado Lawyers Committee Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award

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Press Release June 2014

National Immigrant Justice Center Designates Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon a Rising Star

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Press Release June 2014

United Way of Central Indiana Recognizes FaegreBD for Community Spirit

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Press Release April 2014

FaegreBD-founded Legal Clinic Celebrates 20 Years

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Press Release March 2014

Indiana Legislation Protects Military Personnel From Property Tax Increases During Deployment

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Press Release February 2014

Amie Peele Carter Recognized by Federal Court for Pro Bono Service

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Press Release January 2014

Carl Pebworth and Monica Fennell Appointed to Indiana Supreme Court Groups

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Press Release November 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels' Support of Education Recognized in South Bend

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Press Release October 2013

Dan Prokott Named Tubman Safety Project Attorney of the Year

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Press Release October 2013

Ike Willett Honored for Developing Pro Bono Guardianship Program

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Press Release October 2013

Sarah Jenkins of FaegreBD Named Indiana's Outstanding Young Lawyer

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Press Release July 2013

Colby Anne Kingsbury Honored by Chicago Bar Foundation for Pro Bono Contributions

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Press Release June 2013

LawWorks Names Pop-up Advice Clinic Best Pro Bono Partnership

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Press Release June 2013

Minnesota State Bar Association Names 53 FaegreBD North Star Lawyers

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Press Release June 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Receives Human Rights Award for Pro Bono Work

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Press Release May 2013

Colorado Lawyers Committee Names Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm of the Year

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Press Release May 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Recognised for Pro Bono Contribution at Halsbury Legal Awards

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Press Release April 2013

Colby Kingsbury Honored by DePaul for Pro Bono Work

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Press Release April 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Announces Recipients of Inaugural Pro Bono Awards

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Press Release April 2013

FaegreBD's Pro Bono Work Recognized by Colorado Supreme Court

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Press Release March 2013

Jennifer Hull Recognized for Community Service Contributions

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Press Release February 2013

Five FaegreBD Lawyers Recognized as 2012 Minnesota Attorneys of the Year

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Press Release February 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Partners With Indianapolis Colts to Promote Literacy

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Press Release July 2009

Baker & Daniels Leads Indiana Firms in National Pro Bono Report

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Press Release June 2009

Attorneys, Staff Help Launch Indiana Lawyers for Soldiers Program

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Press Release April 2009

Holocaust Survivors Receiving Help From Baker & Daniels

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Press Release December 2008

Need Prompts Baker & Daniels to Start Holiday Giving Program Early

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Press Release February 2008

Thomas Crosby and Richard Duncan Receive Benson Awards for Pro Bono Service

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Press Release November 2007

Baker & Daniels Receiving IBA Pro Bono Award

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Press Release June 2007

Faegre & Benson Honored for Leading Role in Hurricane Katrina Response Project

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Insights

Media Mentions December 2019

Jim Volling Provides Comment to Minnesota Lawyer

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Media Mentions October 2019

CB Baga Provides Comment to Minnesota Public Radio

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Media Mentions August 2019

Colby Kingsbury Mentioned in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

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Media Mentions June 2019

Jodie Boderman Provides Comment to the Star Tribune

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Media Mentions June 2019

FaegreBD Attorneys Quoted in The Indiana Lawyer on Pro Bono Publico Award

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Media Mentions June 2019

Kelly Tautges Discusses Pro Bono Publico Award with Minnesota Lawyer

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Media Mentions March 2019

Sarah Jenkins and Kathy Osborn Discuss Pro Bono Case with The Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions January 2019

Dan Kelley Discusses Solitary Confinement Case with Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions December 2018

Karen Moses and Sarah Noack Discusses Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award with Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions September 2018

Kelly Tautges Discusses Lawyer Response to Immigration Crisis with Perspectives

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Media Mentions May 2018

Monica Fennell Discusses the Firm's Pro Bono Efforts With The Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions March 2018

Michael Cockson Provides Insight in Star Tribune Article About Tenants Seeking Property Repairs

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Published Articles March 2018

Doing Well by Doing Good

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Media Mentions March 2018

Heather Perkins and Candace Whitaker Co-Author Colorado Lawyer Article on Pro Bono Work

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Media Mentions February 2018

Michael Cockson Quoted in StarTribune Article on the Stephen Frenz/Spiros Zorbalas Case

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Media Mentions February 2018

John Mandler Featured in Super Lawyers Article on Pro Bono Housing Court Work

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Media Mentions February 2018

Michael Cockson, Adam Nodler and Isaac Hall Featured in Minnesota Lawyer 'Attorneys of the Year' Article

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Media Mentions February 2018

Michael Cockson Featured in StarTribune Article on FaegreBD's Pro Bono Work

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Media Mentions January 2018

Michael Cockson Featured in Star Tribune Article Regarding Rickey Misco Case

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Media Mentions December 2017

Michael Cockson Discusses Minneapolis Landlord-Tenant Cases with KMSP-TV

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Media Mentions December 2017

Michael Cockson Featured in Star Tribune Article Regarding Rickey Misco Case

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Media Mentions December 2017

Michael Cockson Provides Comment in Star Tribune Article on Stephen Frenz

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Media Mentions December 2017

Michael Cockson Provides Insight to Star Tribune on Developments in Frenz Case

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Media Mentions December 2017

FaegreBD Featured in IBJ's Giving Guide

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Media Mentions November 2017

Michael Cockson Featured in Star Tribune Article Regarding the Stephen Frenz Case

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Media Mentions October 2017

Jon Bomberger Discusses FaegreBD Involvement in Fort4Fitness with WANE-TV

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Media Mentions July 2016

FaegreBD Pro Bono Team Clutches Victory in Mellouli v. Lynch

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Published Articles May 2016

Virtual Clinics for Online Pro Bono Help: Hurdling Barriers to Pro Bono

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Media Mentions February 2016

Ensuring Justice for Inmates: Andy Campbell and Haroon Anwar's Federal Court Victory Awarded

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Media Mentions January 2016

In Pro Bono Case, Firm Delivers Justice for Injured Federal Inmate

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Media Mentions December 2015

Monica Fennell: Indiana Pro Bono Culture Growing

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Media Mentions September 2015

Jessica Van Dalen Connects With Inventor Via New Maurer School Website

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Media Mentions June 2015

ACLU of Illinois Announces Milestone in Colby Kingsbury's 16-Year-Old Pro Bono Case

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Media Mentions May 2015

Pro Bono Case Aimed at Closing Minnesota's Achievement Gap Receives Media Attention

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Media Mentions January 2015

Andrew Humphrey Shares Pro Bono Insights with Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

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Media Mentions January 2015

FaegreBD Attorney Argues at U.S. Supreme Court in Pro Bono Deportation Case

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Media Mentions September 2014

Andrew Campbell and Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon Explain in Indiana Lawyer How Attorneys are Helping Children Facing Immigration Woes

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Media Mentions May 2014

Faegre Baker Daniels Featured as Law Firm of the Month by LawWorks

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Media Mentions March 2014

Law Week Colorado Features Ongoing Pro Bono Case Led by Jim Volling

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Media Mentions November 2013

Drew Soshnick Recounts Rewards of Pro Bono Service, Encourages Attorneys to Participate

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Media Mentions October 2013

Connected to Our Communities: Faegre Baker Daniels Participates in Indy Do Day

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Media Mentions August 2013

Working Mother Highlights FaegreBD's Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Women

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Media Mentions August 2013

Kathy Noecker Comments in Law360 on the Increase in Women Leadership Within the Legal Industry

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Media Mentions December 2012

Faegre Baker Daniels' Pro Bono Work for Project Homeless Connect Highlighted on WCCO

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Media Mentions May 2011

Medical-Legal Partnership Improves Health Care Experience for 400 Patients

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Media Mentions September 2010

Baker & Daniels 'Runners' Raise $3K for Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

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Updates December 2009

Pro Bono Spotlight - Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated

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Updates October 2009

Pro Bono Spotlight - Death Penalty Appeals

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Updates August 2009

Baker & Daniels Attorneys Collaborate with Indiana Law Students and Faculty to Develop Pro Bono Fellowship Programs

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Updates April 2007

Pro Bono Spotlight: Protecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law

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