July 10, 2008
HunterMaclean attorney Jennifer Dickinson recently led a pro bono workshop at the American Bar Association’s 2008 Equal Justice Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
Dickinson, who helped spearhead the HunterMaclean MRM Pro Bono Project, led a panel about building and sustaining pro bono programs in small and midsize law firms at this year’s conference The theme of the conference, which took place May 7-9, was “Pursuing Justice: Balancing Challenges and Opportunities.”
“Teaching other legal professionals about the MRM Pro Bono Project’s success was exciting and rewarding,” said Dickinson. “It’s a great feeling to know other law firms will learn and model their pro bono programs after ours and benefit from the satisfaction of helping others.”
The ABA’s Equal Justice Conference is designed to bring together all elements of the legal community to discuss issues facing clients and strengthen partnerships. Attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and learned from other legal professionals through various workshops and plenary sessions.
“The MRM Pro Bono Project is an effort to prioritize and put our energy into a handful of specific programs,” said Dickinson. “It’s a very community-focused initiative. We wanted to bring projects that address specific needs in the community, from literacy to homelessness.”
HunterMaclean has a long history of pro bono work and a long-term commitment to Savannah and the community. The MRM Pro Bono Project is named after the late Malcolm Maclean, a former Savannah mayor and a key partner at HunterMaclean. The initiative continues Maclean’s legacy of community involvement, featuring strategic partnerships with local and regional agencies.
Dickinson was recently named President-Elect of the Savannah Bar Association for 2008-2009 and practices in the areas of employment and benefits. She has extensive experience with both employment and real property litigation and counsels employers on a range of employment law compliance issues while defending employers in a variety of settings.
Before being elected President of the Savannah Bar Association, Dickinson served as the organization’s treasurer, newsletter editor and a member of the executive board committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and has been honored as one of Savannah’s prestigious “40 Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal.
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