Esther Lardent's colleagues credit her with initiating a sea change in the way law firms think about, organize and support pro bono work. In 1996 she founded the Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University's Law Center with the idea of further embedding pro bono into the mainstream of private law practice as well as devoting herself to the single mission of driving change in this area. Lardent, indeed, accomplished what she set out to do. But her early career was a study in frustration.
A Lawyer Makes Pro Bono Her Crusade
The American Lawyer
August 5, 2008