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, to individuals and non-profit organizations, and 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

Our Pro Bono Work

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

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

  • CASA of Hancock County – Heather Ladner Smith assisted CASA of Hancock County in negotiating and purchasing property in Bay St. Louis, Miss. to construct its new main office location.
  • Project H.E.L.P. New Orleans – Peter Connick, Vic Frankiewicz, Jim Letten, Matt Miller, Trey Parker, Kim Smith and Lea Ann Smith staffed the Project H.E.L.P. clinic at The Rebuild Center at St. Joseph Church in New Orleans each Monday in February.
  • Project H.E.L.P Nashville – Kevin Baltz, Jim Beakes, Tara Blake, Caroline Eley and Hannah Kay Hunt manned Nashville’s Project H.E.L.P. legal clinic at Room In The Inn in September, providing legal services to the homeless.
  • Project H.E.L.P. Jackson – Corey Aiken, Parker Berry, William Bettis, Barber Boone, Donna Jacobs, Mackin Johnson, Troy Johnston, Brenda Jones, Samantha Moore, Anna Morris, Reed Nunnelee, Paul Rosenblatt, Margaret Smith and Anna Watson regularly volunteer at the Project H.E.L.P. legal clinic at Stewpot Community Center in Jackson, Miss.
  • Second Saturday Legal Aid Clinic – Memphis Area Legal Services provides free, walk-in legal clinics on the second Saturday of the month.  Butler Snow, alongside attorneys from International Paper, helped 95 individuals at the September 2018 clinic. Participating Butler Snow attorneys were Betsy Chance, Larry Crawford, Eric Hudson, Richelle Kidder, Melody McAnally and Kate Van Namen.

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.

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Contact Our Pro Bono Team

To learn more about Butler Snow’s Pro Bono services, please fill out the Contact Us form and a member of our team will contact you.

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