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Laura RoseIn recognition of National Volunteer Month, Adams and Reese interviewed Laura Rose, Partner in our Jackson office and the firm’s current Pro Bono Committee Chair.

Caring Adams and Reese Employees (CA&RE) is the firm’s pro bono program that assists our nearly 300 attorneys and advisors to connect with bar associations, nonprofit and legal aid organizations in each of our 20 cities, to represent people who cannot afford an attorney. In 2022, Adams and Reese attorneys performed close to 5,000 pro bono hours.

“Pro bono work offers opportunities for lawyers to give back to our communities by making needed legal services available to those who would not otherwise have access,” said Rose. “In addition, pro bono work offers opportunities for skill-building and collaboration with other lawyers.”

Interview with Laura Rose

What are some of the top pro bono initiatives this year at Adams and Reese?

“Our goal continues to be to involve more attorneys in pro bono work that fits their strengths and experience. We also look for opportunities to join with our clients to work on matters that are important to them in their communities.”  

Are there any recent pro bono success stories that we can share from our attorneys?

David Toney, Ashlee Poplin, Tim Anzenberger, Lyndey Bryant, and additional lawyers from across our footprint work regularly with Honeywell. We joined forces with Honeywell in a joint pro bono initiative through the Legal Aid of North Carolina to participate in domestic violence cases assisting victims in obtaining protective orders. It is a great opportunity to work with a client and a legal aid association on pro bono work for women in need.”

What is your most memorable pro bono representation in your career?

“My adoption clients are by far some of my happiest moments and most memorable pro bono matters. Handling adoption matters means working to make a meaningful and substantial impact on multiple lives and helping promote positive outcomes for children and families.”