December 17, 2013 Articles

Twenty-Five Years of Pro Bono

By Sally Crawford

For the last 25 years I have worked for the international law firm of Jones Day, primarily in the Mergers and Acquisition section. But from the time I was licensed to practice law in 1986, my real passion has been pro bono work. Throughout my legal career I have had the opportunity to do a wide range of pro bono work, and for the last 15 years I have had the privilege of serving as the Public Service Coordinator for the Dallas office. I am extremely proud of the pro bono activities and community service that I have helped to foster at Jones Day.

As a transactional lawyer, I have had the opportunity to help organize many nonprofit corporations and to assist them in obtaining tax-exempt status. I have also assisted these companies with contract matters, general corporate governance, and the occasional merger and acquisition. A few examples of the nonprofit corporations that I have worked with include: The Bridge, a homeless shelter and recovery center; LaunchAbility, an organization that helps children and adults with development disabilities achieve their maximum potential; Rainbow Days, an organization that prepares underprivileged children for lives of hope and promise; and Vickery Meadow Learning Center, an organization that teaches English to adults and children in low-income and diverse neighborhoods. I have also served on the board of directors of many nonprofits, including Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.

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