Bill Curran, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Las Vegas office, believes in the importance of pro bono work. His firm participates in the Pro Bono Institute’s Pro Bono Challenge, which asks firms with 50 or more attorneys to pledge to donate 3 to 5 percent of the firm’s billable hours to free legal work for those who cannot afford representation.

Mary Gay Scanlon, the firm’s pro bono counsel, explained that, "It's not mandatory but we strongly encourage each of our attorneys to do 60 hours of pro bono work each year, and that amounted to about 30,000 hours last year."

Ballard Spahr advised the United Way of Southern Nevada on buying a new building and selling the old. Ballard Spahr attorneys have also teamed with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission to answer questions for homeless people. Both initiatives were suggested by Mr. Curran, who serves on the board for both organizations.

Outside of its Las Vegas office, Ballard Spahr has taken on countless other pro bono cases, including representing a client on death row.

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