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Pro Bono Program

The only program of its kind in Puerto Rico

Overview

At McConnell Valdés we strongly believe it is our responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to not-for-profit entities of limited means.

To honor the firm’s 60th anniversary in 2006, we established Puerto Rico’s only formalized pro bono program: the McConnell Valdés Pro Bono Program. Ten years later, it remains the only program of its kind in Puerto Rico. We are proud of the fact that over the course of the program’s first ten years, McConnell Valdés has donated over $1 million dollars in pro bono legal services.

We are proud to partner with Fondos Unidos Puerto Rico/United Way and the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, their member organizations and grantees, and other not-for-profits that service people of limited means by providing a full range of transactional and legal advisory services.

Members of partner organizations benefit from attending the many seminars we organize around topics related to the establishment and management of not-for-profit organizations. This is perhaps one of the Pro Bono Program’s most significant contributions.

We encourage all of our attorneys – as well as our Summer Associates – to make a difference in the lives of those in need by participating in the program. Our attorneys guide these institutions to insure that Puerto Rico continues to have organizations that help improve our communities and the lives of Puerto Ricans. Each year, we recognize those attorneys who work more than 25 hours on pro bono matters. To honor their commitment, the firm makes a donation to a not-for-profit or organization of their choice.

McConnell Valdés’ pro bono efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 2007, the Puerto Rico Bar Association awarded us the President’s Special Award for the Pro Bono Program.

McConnell Valdés is also a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project of the Pro Bono Institute, a not-for-profit organization housed at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. As the exclusive Lex Mundi firm member for Puerto Rico, we have actively supported and sponsored the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation since its inception.

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