Recognizing the ethical obligation that all lawyers and law firms have to provide service to indigent clients and not-for-profit organizations, the firm increasingly handles matters on a pro bono basis that apply our professional skills, creativity and influence.
The recently launched Faber Fellowship Program is designed to galvanize innovative pro bono initiatives targeting the critical needs of indigent populations. Open to recent law school graduates, it will award a two-year fellowship to a candidate whose creative collaboration with a nonprofit could have substantial impact in a critical area of need. The fellowship will fund the attorney’s salary for a new full-time position, along with benefits and law school loan repayments. Recruitment will begin in fall 2017 for the 2018-2020 fellowship.
“Plans are still taking shape,” explains principal Joe Faber. “The firm’s staff will be actively involved in deciding which social issue to focus on, selecting the first fellow, monitoring the initiative and seeking ways to provide pro bono assistance from our own lawyers and contracts specialists. We have every expectation that this will become an ongoing program.”
For the program’s initial phase, Faber will partner with Equal Justice Works, which supports hundreds of public interest attorneys annually, enabling them to work on such diverse issues as immigration, civil rights, healthcare and domestic violence. Over 80 percent of the fellows remain involved in public interest law at the end of their fellowships.
Faber recently helped the not-for-profit Partners in Health (PIH) negotiate contracts for several clinical trials in Eastern Europe and Africa. One of the projects, “endTB,” seeks to alter the way in which multi-drug-resistant TB is managed worldwide. It’s a collaboration involving PIH, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Interactive Research and Development, and financial partner UNITAID. Faber also drafted clinical trial agreements for a multi-center trial that focused on expanded access to Hepatitis C treatment in Rwanda. PIH s a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality healthcare to the world’s poor and medically underserved populations through community-based efforts.
We have assisted Energy Science Education, an energy conservation organization, with its initial incorporation and licensing activities.
Our lawyers and contracts specialists have provided corporate and transactional support for the Usher III Initiative, which promotes research into treatments for a relatively rare group of inherited diseases that lead to the progressive loss of vision and hearing.