Axiom Partners with Pro Bono Net to Provide Legal Support to Low-Income Communities
Program allows Axiom’s lawyers to “practice for a purpose,” providing access to legal assistance for underserved populations
NEW YORK – November 20th, 2019 – Axiom, the global leader in specialized on-demand legal talent, today announced a strategic partnership with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice and legal support for the disadvantaged. Every year, more than 80 percent of low-income individuals do not receive the help they need for civil legal issues, including unlawful eviction, denial of disability benefits, deportation, and medical debt. Pro Bono Net partners with leading legal organizations to help address these social inequities and close the justice gap. Pro Bono Net’s partnership with Axiom – its first with a non-law firm – provides the organization with access to 1,500+ lawyers who can leverage their expertise to help ensure that everyone receives equal protection and justice under the law.
The program will enable Axiom to facilitate, support, and encourage opportunities for its lawyers to help those who would otherwise be unable to access legal support. For Axiom’s lawyers, it provides a vehicle to serve the community in a meaningful and personally rewarding manner. For disadvantaged individuals, it provides a bridge to access the help and legal expertise they need and deserve. The partnership brings together two legal industry disruptors who have been providing transformative access to legal justice and legal talent for over 20 years.
“Since our founding, our mission has been to transform the legal industry forever and for the better,” said Elena Donio, CEO, Axiom. “That mission must include facilitating better access to legal expertise for all who need it. Our goal is to encourage lawyers to use their wealth of knowledge and unmatched skill sets to give back to their broader communities. This partnership will not only help underrepresented individuals, it will allow our lawyers to ‘practice for a purpose.’”
As part of the program, Axiom lawyers will have access to Pro Bono Net’s online platform, streamlining the process by which lawyers can find resonating and geographically appropriate opportunities to apply their expertise.
“For 20 years, Pro Bono Net has been the national leader in developing meaningful collaborations to facilitate access to justice,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director, Pro Bono Net. “A central part of our strategy to increase that access is strengthening and supporting the work of legal advocates and volunteers. We’re thrilled to partner with Axiom to continue to increase the pool of advocates available to help vulnerable populations.”
The Pro Bono Net partnership is part of Axiom’s broader Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio – a portfolio committed to improving industry efforts to promote a more inclusive legal community and to provide a more diverse population with access to legal talent. Axiom anticipates broadening its pro bono commitment and unveiling additional initiatives underneath its CSR umbrella in the near term. As part of that portfolio, Axiom recently released its 2018/2019 Diversity Report, which further underscores the company’s commitment to D&I across the legal industry and within its employee population.
Axiom, the global leader in specialized on-demand legal talent, is disrupting the way legal teams and lawyers work. Axiom enables clients to access over 2,000 talented lawyers through a curated platform and build more dynamic teams to drive better business outcomes. Axiom empowers lawyers across industries and practice areas to thrive while pursuing more of the work they love. The company is deeply committed to gender equality and diversity and prides itself on having one of the most diverse employee populations in the industry. Axiom works with over half of the Fortune 100 companies, and currently operates in North America, the U.K., Central Europe and Asia Pacific. www.axiomlaw.com.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net transforms the way legal help reaches the underserved. Comprehensive programs, including www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org, www.lawhelpinteractive.org and www.immigrationadvocates.org enable legal advocates to make a stronger impact, increase volunteer participation, and empower the public with resources and self-help tools to improve their lives.
Yonah Burstein, Articulate Communications (US)
For Pro Bono Net