Bodman Named to “Pro Bono Circle of Excellence” by the State Bar of Michigan

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DETROIT, June 30 — Bodman LLP was recognized by the Pro Bono Initiative of the State Bar of Michigan as a member of the “Pro Bono Circle of Excellence” for 2010 for significantly exceeding voluntary standards set by the State Bar of Michigan.

Those named in the “Pro Bono Circle of Excellence” demonstrated their full compliance with the Voluntary Pro Bono Standard through donations of reduced fee or no-fee work or financial aid donations to legal aid programs.

In 2009, Bodman attorneys, paralegals and summer associates devoted $4,389 hours to pro bono projects, and the firm and its attorneys contributed nearly $128,000 to eligible charities. In addition to pro bono hours, Bodman attorneys devoted more than 1,500 hours to community service projects through service as directors or volunteers with numerous nonprofit organizations.

On average, each attorney recognized in the “Pro Bono Circle of Excellence” has contributed at least 30 hours of counsel or representation to low-income individuals and families or to organizations that provide legal services, or has donated at least $300 to a nonprofit program organized to deliver civil legal services to low-income individuals.

Bodman LLP is one of Michigan’s leading business law firms with more than 140 lawyers and four offices.  Bodman has a diverse client base that includes individuals and businesses in a variety of industries, with emphasis on financial services, automotive, real estate and construction, high tech, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors.

The Pro Bono Circle of Excellence recognizes law firms and corporate legal departments that have met the State Bar of Michigan’s voluntary pro bono standard which recognizes both hours devoted to pro bono representation and cash donations made to eligible charitable causes. In addition to pro bono hours, Bodman attorneys devoted more than 1,500 hours to community service projects through service as directors or volunteers with numerous nonprofit organizations.

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