An Innovative Model For Collaborative Pro Bono

Law360, New York (May 6, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT) -- Wal-Mart. Legal Aid. A children's hospital. BigLaw attorneys. Perhaps that sounds like a lawsuit gone bad, but in fact those strange bedfellows came together to create an innovative medical-legal partnership (MLP) serving disabled children and their families in Arkansas. The Advisory Board Company — a global technology, research and consulting firm — was later added to the mix as the children's hospital MLP network has grown across the country.

The collaboration began in 2010, when Wal-Mart asked Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to help it create a pro bono program that could engage the company's 150+ attorneys and have...

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