For the Public Good

Butler Snow’s pro bono program is a firm-wide commitment to the public good. We perform pro bono legal services in litigation and non-litigation matters for individuals and non-profit organizations to directly benefit the communities where our attorneys live and work.

Our firm culture promotes collaboration to provide the exact experience each pro bono client needs. While our lawyers are encouraged to match their pro bono participation with their interests, we require and expect every pro bono matter to be performed with the same professional standards applicable for all paying client matters.

Why Pro Bono?

Attorneys from across our footprint recently sat down to discuss why pro bono work is important to them and the firm, as well as meaningful experiences they’ve had while providing legal assistance to a pro bono client. See what they had to say here:




Pro Bono Leadership

Patricia “Patti” Gandy serves as the firm’s Pro Bono Counsel. Patti is responsible for managing and coordinating our efforts, as well as the day-to-day operations of our pro bono program. In her role, Patti meets with Butler Snow’s attorneys to help and encourage them in their pro bono efforts and to proactively offer our service to non-profit organizations within our communities.

Prior to returning to Butler Snow as Pro Bono Counsel, Gandy served as the founding director of the Mission First Legal Aid Office, established by Mississippi College School of Law and Mission First, Inc. There, Gandy and her team provided civil legal services to qualified residents of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. The Mission First Legal Aid Office works with more than 300 volunteer attorneys to serve approximately 1,200 Mississippians per year. Gandy previously served as an attorney in Butler Snow’s litigation department from 1998 through 2006.

Butler Snow has a standing Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI). The firm and its attorneys have been recognized for their dedication to providing pro bono services.

Recognition and Awards:

  • Mission First Legal Aid Office 2018 Pro Bono Firm of the Year
  • Memphis Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee’s 2018 Champion of Justice Award
  • Mississippi Center for Justice 2018 Champion of Justice Award
  • 2018 Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Chairman of the Board’s Torchbearer Award
  • Martina Hinojosa is a member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Taylor Ranch Litigation Task Force that has been nominated for “Team of the Year.”

Our Pro Bono Work

The following is a sample of some of the types of work our lawyers perform:

Other Pro Bono projects regularly undertaken by Butler Snow attorneys include:

  • Staffing the Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham Homeless Help Desk and Veterans Help Desk
  • Offering legal assistance to low-income artists of all disciplines and to emerging nonprofit arts organizations through Nashville’s Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts
  • Participating in the Mississippi Settlement Assistance Program (MSAP), a project of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, by providing free legal assistance to low-income pro se litigants in settlement conferences in civil matters
  • Working with Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands (LAS) to help veterans at Operation Stand Down Nashville through the Attorney for the Day program
  • Manning LAS’s Legal Help Clinic at Belmont University on the 4th Thursday
  • Volunteering for the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s 4All Statewide Service Day, an annual call-a-lawyer public service program providing free legal information
  • Staffing Project H.E.L.P. Legal Clinics in New Orleans, Nashville and Jackson, MS providing pro bono legal assistance to homeless individuals
  • Providing free legal services to those in need at the Memphis Area Legal Services’ Second Saturday Legal Clinic
  • Participating in the Legal Audit Clinic sponsored by The Colorado Lawyers Committee to work with participating small nonprofits to complete a legal audit checklist
  • Assisting solo inventors, non-profits, and small businesses through Tennessee PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors)

Local Partnerships

Butler Snow is proud to provide support and pro bono services to community-based legal aid organizations across the firm’s footprint. Some of the organizations we regularly partner with include:

Pro Bono Committee

Butler Snow’s Pro Bono Committee is comprised of attorneys from across practices, experience levels and geographic locations. Committee members work directly with the firm’s Pro Bono Counsel and strive to develop meaningful and impactful pro bono opportunities for Butler Snow attorneys.

Meet our Pro Bono Committee