Public Counsel Names Clinic in Honor of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Recognition of the Firm's Generous Endowment Gift

- World's Largest Pro Bono Public Interest Law Firm Receives Major Gift to

Endow Nationally Recognized Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic Serving

Children and Seniors -



Mar 15, 2007, 01:00 ET from Public Counsel

    LOS ANGELES, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Counsel, the largest pro
 bono public interest law firm in the world, announced today that it will
 name its nationally recognized Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic in
 honor of the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
 LLP, which made a gift of $200,000 to endow the program. The Clinic will
 now be known as the Skadden, Arps' Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic.
     Public Counsel created the Clinic program in 2001 to respond to the
 growing backlog of caregivers who were unable to obtain legal guardianship
 or conservatorship necessary to adequately provide for children or senior
 citizens in their care. The problem is most critical for children because
 their guardians must have legal authority to make decisions about their
 education, medical needs and where the child shall live. If a legal
 guardianship is not established, these children are at significant risk of
 becoming part of the foster care system because there may be no other way
 to ensure that their basic needs are met.
     Each year, dozens of attorneys, paralegals and other staff from
 Skadden, Arps provide hundreds of hours of pro bono assistance to Public
 Counsel and its clients. "It is one of the most meaningful ways in which we
 give back to the community. Our decision to endow the Guardianship &
 Conservatorship Clinic was a natural extension of our work with Public
 Counsel and we hope it inspires others to also consider making similar
 gifts," said Rand S. April, Public Counsel Board member and the Managing
 Partner of Skadden, Arps' Los Angeles office.
     The Clinic serves an average of 20 families daily and creates
 guardianships for more than 1,200 vulnerable children and conservatorships
 for as many as 300 senior citizens annually. Housed in donated office space
 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court building in downtown Los Angeles,
 the Clinic is staffed with one full-time attorney from Public Counsel with
 support from pro bono attorney and paralegal volunteers, law school
 students and other college volunteers.
     In addition to the endowment, Skadden, Arps staffs the Clinic weekly.
 This commitment was made possible by the tremendous response of Skadden,
 Arps' attorneys and paralegals to the firm's request to support and staff
 the Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic. "It is an incredibly rewarding
 experience for our attorneys and paralegals to assist the people who come
 to the Clinic for help. Most of them are grandparents, family members or
 friends who have voluntarily stepped forward to care for a child because
 his or her parents are unable, unwilling or unavailable to do so. They are
 making considerable sacrifices in order to take on this tremendous
 responsibility, and it is our pleasure to provide them with assistance and
 support," said Stacy Horth-Neubert, the pro bono coordinator at Skadden,
 Arps.
     Public Counsel Chairperson Karlene Goller, Vice President and Deputy
 General Counsel of the Los Angeles Times said, "All of us are deeply
 grateful to Rand and his colleagues at Skadden, Arps for this extraordinary
 gift and for their enduring commitment to providing pro bono legal
 services. By helping to ensure equal access to justice for everyone, they
 are strengthening the very fabric of our community."
     The gift is associated with Public Counsel's facilities endowment
 campaign, which was launched in conjunction with the acquisition of its new
 headquarters office building in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles. The
 gift will be credited towards a generous challenge/matching grant Public
 Counsel received from the W.M. Keck Foundation in late 2006.
     A special dedication ceremony is planned for Monday evening March 19th
 at Public Counsel headquarters in Los Angeles. "Skadden, Arps' generous
 gift helps ensure a future of justice, hope and opportunity for the
 thousands of families, children and seniors served by the Clinic annually,"
 said Daniel Grunfeld, President and C.E.O. of Public Counsel. "Without the
 Clinic, their needs would go largely unmet, thereby depriving an already
 disadvantaged population of their essential rights."
     About Public Counsel
     Public Counsel is the largest public interest pro bono law office in
 the world. It is a beacon of hope and justice for those who have nowhere
 else to turn. Last year, with the help of more than 3,600 volunteer
 lawyers, law students, social workers and others, Public Counsel provided
 more than $63 million worth of free services to over 26,500 people
 including abused and abandoned children, families living in abject poverty,
 homeless veterans, the neglected elderly and weary refugees. Since it was
 founded in 1970, Public Counsel has recruited and trained over 35,000
 volunteers and delivered over a quarter of a billion dollars in free
 assistance.
     Nationally, Public Counsel has been a leader in developing model
 programs and assisting other pro bono public interest law firms to bring
 these programs to their communities. In addition to serving the vast Los
 Angeles metropolitan region, Public Counsel is actively helping to
 strengthen pro bono public interest law internationally. In 2000, Public
 Counsel was instrumental in creating the Instituto Pro Bono in Brazil, that
 country's first public interest pro bono law firm. Since that time Public
 Counsel has played a central role in nurturing other pro bono programs in
 Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia.
     About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
     Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden,
 Arps is one of the world's leading law firms, with 22 offices and
 approximately 2,000 attorneys. Skadden, Arps represents a broad spectrum of
 clients including approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial
 and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities,
 small high-technology start-up companies, and cultural, educational and
 charitable institutions. For almost 60 years, the firm has advised such
 entities in many of the most significant corporate and litigation matters
 worldwide.
 
 

SOURCE Public Counsel
    LOS ANGELES, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Counsel, the largest pro
 bono public interest law firm in the world, announced today that it will
 name its nationally recognized Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic in
 honor of the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
 LLP, which made a gift of $200,000 to endow the program. The Clinic will
 now be known as the Skadden, Arps' Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic.
     Public Counsel created the Clinic program in 2001 to respond to the
 growing backlog of caregivers who were unable to obtain legal guardianship
 or conservatorship necessary to adequately provide for children or senior
 citizens in their care. The problem is most critical for children because
 their guardians must have legal authority to make decisions about their
 education, medical needs and where the child shall live. If a legal
 guardianship is not established, these children are at significant risk of
 becoming part of the foster care system because there may be no other way
 to ensure that their basic needs are met.
     Each year, dozens of attorneys, paralegals and other staff from
 Skadden, Arps provide hundreds of hours of pro bono assistance to Public
 Counsel and its clients. "It is one of the most meaningful ways in which we
 give back to the community. Our decision to endow the Guardianship &
 Conservatorship Clinic was a natural extension of our work with Public
 Counsel and we hope it inspires others to also consider making similar
 gifts," said Rand S. April, Public Counsel Board member and the Managing
 Partner of Skadden, Arps' Los Angeles office.
     The Clinic serves an average of 20 families daily and creates
 guardianships for more than 1,200 vulnerable children and conservatorships
 for as many as 300 senior citizens annually. Housed in donated office space
 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court building in downtown Los Angeles,
 the Clinic is staffed with one full-time attorney from Public Counsel with
 support from pro bono attorney and paralegal volunteers, law school
 students and other college volunteers.
     In addition to the endowment, Skadden, Arps staffs the Clinic weekly.
 This commitment was made possible by the tremendous response of Skadden,
 Arps' attorneys and paralegals to the firm's request to support and staff
 the Guardianship & Conservatorship Clinic. "It is an incredibly rewarding
 experience for our attorneys and paralegals to assist the people who come
 to the Clinic for help. Most of them are grandparents, family members or
 friends who have voluntarily stepped forward to care for a child because
 his or her parents are unable, unwilling or unavailable to do so. They are
 making considerable sacrifices in order to take on this tremendous
 responsibility, and it is our pleasure to provide them with assistance and
 support," said Stacy Horth-Neubert, the pro bono coordinator at Skadden,
 Arps.
     Public Counsel Chairperson Karlene Goller, Vice President and Deputy
 General Counsel of the Los Angeles Times said, "All of us are deeply
 grateful to Rand and his colleagues at Skadden, Arps for this extraordinary
 gift and for their enduring commitment to providing pro bono legal
 services. By helping to ensure equal access to justice for everyone, they
 are strengthening the very fabric of our community."
     The gift is associated with Public Counsel's facilities endowment
 campaign, which was launched in conjunction with the acquisition of its new
 headquarters office building in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles. The
 gift will be credited towards a generous challenge/matching grant Public
 Counsel received from the W.M. Keck Foundation in late 2006.
     A special dedication ceremony is planned for Monday evening March 19th
 at Public Counsel headquarters in Los Angeles. "Skadden, Arps' generous
 gift helps ensure a future of justice, hope and opportunity for the
 thousands of families, children and seniors served by the Clinic annually,"
 said Daniel Grunfeld, President and C.E.O. of Public Counsel. "Without the
 Clinic, their needs would go largely unmet, thereby depriving an already
 disadvantaged population of their essential rights."
     About Public Counsel
     Public Counsel is the largest public interest pro bono law office in
 the world. It is a beacon of hope and justice for those who have nowhere
 else to turn. Last year, with the help of more than 3,600 volunteer
 lawyers, law students, social workers and others, Public Counsel provided
 more than $63 million worth of free services to over 26,500 people
 including abused and abandoned children, families living in abject poverty,
 homeless veterans, the neglected elderly and weary refugees. Since it was
 founded in 1970, Public Counsel has recruited and trained over 35,000
 volunteers and delivered over a quarter of a billion dollars in free
 assistance.
     Nationally, Public Counsel has been a leader in developing model
 programs and assisting other pro bono public interest law firms to bring
 these programs to their communities. In addition to serving the vast Los
 Angeles metropolitan region, Public Counsel is actively helping to
 strengthen pro bono public interest law internationally. In 2000, Public
 Counsel was instrumental in creating the Instituto Pro Bono in Brazil, that
 country's first public interest pro bono law firm. Since that time Public
 Counsel has played a central role in nurturing other pro bono programs in
 Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia.
     About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
     Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden,
 Arps is one of the world's leading law firms, with 22 offices and
 approximately 2,000 attorneys. Skadden, Arps represents a broad spectrum of
 clients including approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial
 and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities,
 small high-technology start-up companies, and cultural, educational and
 charitable institutions. For almost 60 years, the firm has advised such
 entities in many of the most significant corporate and litigation matters
 worldwide.
 
 SOURCE Public Counsel