Celebrating Love Your Lawyer Day and Pro Bono Week with Thomson Reuters
Love Your Lawyer Day is Nov. 6 this year, but Thomson Reuters has been celebrating for more than a week.
Thomson Reuters commemorated the day with a webinar, Leadership, Motivation and Resiliency: Focusing on Yourself This Love Your Lawyer Day, featuring acclaimed filmmaker and motivational speaker Brett Culp as keynote speaker.
Established in 2001 by Fort Lauderdale business attorney Nader Anise, Love Your Lawyer Day has grown to include global recognition of attorneys’ contributions to their clients and their communities. The American Bar Association (ABA) has designated the first Friday in November as Love Your Lawyer Day.
“This year has been especially trying for attorneys,” said Mary Williams, head of Marketing for Thomson Reuters, who moderated the webinar. “From our own research on FindLaw.com, the demand for legal services softened considerably during the first few months of the pandemic. However, since mid-summer that story has changed, and the amount of legal consumers visiting FindLaw.com came roaring back. All in all, the demand for your services is still there and your work is an integral part of our society.”
Culp’s keynote, “Superhero Leadership in Uncertain Times,” echoed this theme. A documentary filmmaker and founder of the nonprofit The Rising Heroes Project, Culp encouraged the audience to find the superhero within and chart their own path to everyday leadership. He urged audience members to renew a collective sense of hope for the future, emphasizing the belief that our efforts can make an impact.
FindLaw’s LawyerMarketing.com included suggestions for ways to get involved with volunteer work, such as mentoring a new attorney or pitching in at a local or regional legal aid group. Recognizing attorneys’ volunteer work is the idea behind Pro Bono Week, an annual celebration by legal organizations across the U.S., held the last week in October. The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service launched it in 2009 in response to the increasing need for pro bono services during harsh economic times.
As Reuters Legal columnist Jenna Greene noted, “Lawyers don’t get a lot of love. But for every nasty joke and negative stereotype, there’s a counterweight: their volunteer work.”
Greene introduced a new feature – Pro Bono Heroes – in her Westlaw Today column “to recognize and celebrate extraordinary pro bono work by a law firm, corporation or lawyer, highlighting one champion at the end of every month.” Jenner & Block earned recognition as the inaugural pro bono champion for its pledge to donate $250 million in legal services over the next five years.
Greene welcomes Pro Bono Heroes suggestions, and her contact information is on her Twitter page.
Watch a replay of the Love Your Lawyer Day webinar here.