Marc Casarino is the Pro Bono Coordinator in the firm's Delaware office. His bio is available here.
How did you select an organization to support? What would you want someone to know about the organization?
My first pro bono experience was being appointed by the Chief Judge of the Delaware Family Court to represent the interest of a child in a custody dispute. I had a real sense of accomplishment upon negotiating an outcome that brought the family together and for the best interest of the child. Although this is not my normal practice area, as a result of my first experience I have represented children’s interests pro bono every year thereafter.
What advice do you have for lawyers who want to get involved in pro bono service?
To paraphrase the Chief Judge who appointed me, none of us would be lawyers if we let the fear of handling a first case or transaction overcome us. We all had to learn a subject for the first time to start our legal careers. Taking on a pro bono matter outside your comfort zone is no different. Lending your skills to help someone in need will benefit you both. So go for it.