On October 6, 2010, California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald George, launched the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge. The Challenge is a collaboration between Central California Legal Services (“CCLS”), Public Interest Clearinghouse (“PIC”), and Pro Bono Net. Ana de Alba, Pro Bono Coordinator at Lang, Richert & Patch, worked closely with CCLS and PIC in an effort to implement the Challenge which encourages participating attorneys and firms to provide anywhere from 10 to 50 pro bono service hours to CCLS on an annual basis. As part of the Challenge, attorneys are provided a broad range of pro bono opportunities, training, and supervision and free liability and professional malpractice insurance for pro bono services rendered through CCLS.
As the provision of pro bono services is important to Lang, Richert & Patch, it was the first firm in Fresno to sign on to the Challenge and has agreed to provide in the aggregate over 200 pro bono hours in 2011. Lang, Richert and Patch’s commitment to pro bono was recently recognized at the October Fresno County Bar Association luncheon by Chris Schneider, Director of CCLS, and California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald George.