At Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, we are committed to the communities we serve, and that commitment includes sharing our creative and innovative services with those who can’t afford legal assistance on their own. As attorneys, we recognize that we have a special responsibility to provide legal services to the underprivileged within the communities where we work and live. We believe that this pro bono work is a critical component of meeting our professional obligations and personal goals as attorneys.
Our commitment to our communities extends beyond pro bono legal services, and into volunteer efforts that support a variety of non-profit organizations. We encourage all of our team members in their volunteer efforts to better our communities.
PRO BONO CONTRIBUTIONS RECOGNIZED
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP was honored with the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award, sponsored by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The award is presented to those who make remarkable contributions toward providing service to those with diverse challenges without a fee. This was the second time our firm was acknowledged for our commitment to assisting individuals in our community who cannot otherwise afford legal services.
Our firm was named the 2010 Pro Bono Firm of the Year by the Indiana Bar Association. In addition, our attorneys have been recognized for their individual efforts in providing pro bono legal services.
OUR PRO BONO SERVICE
We encourage our attorneys to incorporate pro bono work into their practice every year. Our attorneys are committed to being involved in organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Registry, whose mission is to provide the public with conviction records of offenders who have been found guilty of domestic violence and domestic violence-related offenses. Partner Daniel Byron, who concentrates his practice in the First Amendment media law area, serves as general counsel with special emphasis on media law issues for this national organization.
Byron has also performed international pro bono work. In 2007, the International Senior Lawyers Project selected Byron to lead a team of West African attorneys to end impunity for violence against journalists, publishers and broadcasters and to combat laws that limit freedom of expression. Specifically, Byron helped leading Gambian editor Musa Saidykhan sue Gambia in West Africa’s human rights forum after he was allegedly tortured by the state for publishing the names of opposition figures who were arrested after a failed coup in 2006. His work in West Africa proved not to be his last.
In 2012, he was again selected by ISLP, this time to travel to Mongolia. His mission was to mentor defense attorneys who have taken on cases relating to the protection of journalists and advancing free press and free speech issues. During his monthlong trip, Byron worked with attorneys at Clifford Chance and Baker & McKenzie and had the opportunity to give lectures to law and journalism students, employees, and broadcast and newspaper reporters. He also had the opportunity to give a seminar on international and U.S. standards on free press and free speech to trial judges to assist them in liberating their views of free press and free speech. Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is proud to partner with other prestigious legal organizations when participating in these international pro bono projects.
In 2017, Byron received the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award for his body of work protecting journalists in their many investigative efforts and in holding governments accountable for their actions, both in the U.S. and abroad.
To assist and encourage all of our attorneys to undertake meaningful pro bono service, the firm has identified several community programs that we support, including:
- Appeals Cases (U.S Circuit Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit)
- Ask A Lawyer (Indianapolis Bar Association)
- Civil Legal Assistance Panel (Federal District Court)
- Indianapolis Housing Agency
- Juvenile Court Program
- Legal Line (Indianapolis Bar Association)
- Marion County Modest Means/Pro Bono Mediation for low income families
- Louisville HELP Project for the Homeless
- Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
- Restorative Justice Louisville