This week, Dentons launched the first global pro bono infrastructure for law firms with Paladin, a cutting-edge SaaS platform. Nextlaw Labs spearheaded the co-development and implementation of the startup’s corporate pro bono management software to adapt it for use by law firms. Paladin now enables streamlined firm attorney engagement and allows Dentons to more intelligently refer, track and manage pro bono matters, as well as capture the stories and outcomes of pro bono work. First announced in August, the collaboration makes Dentons the first law firm in the world to deploy this revolutionary pro bono platform.
Giving back to its communities is a core Dentons value and the firm’s far-reaching pro bono work is central to that mission. Mapping talent to pro bono opportunities can be a time-consuming and ad hoc process. Partnering with Paladin empowers Dentons attorneys to contribute more effectively than ever. By identifying a greater variety of pro bono opportunities, receiving curated suggestions that match specific interests, and maintaining a real-time record of pro bono impact, the firm has a greater opportunity to provide meaningful, fulfilling experiences for attorneys and powerful results for people and communities in need.
US Pro Bono Partner Ben Weinberg and the Paladin team also presented their collaborative platform co-development process with LAF at the Legal Services Corporation’s sold-out 2019 Innovations in Technology Conference in New Orleans on January 10. The focus of the annual conference is the expansion of access to justice by promoting technological innovations in legal services delivery. At the conference, the team shared lessons learned from intensive research sessions with pro bono coordinators, legal aid organizations and attorneys.
With Nextlaw Labs guiding the process, Dentons kicked off the Paladin rollout in its Chicago office, and will shortly expand to three US offices for pilot. All Paladin users at Dentons will have the ability to shape and refine the product for optimal utility, usability and impact for the legal landscape. Feedback from initial users will be gathered, assessed and prioritized for inclusion into the platform in preparation for Dentons nationwide rollout in 2019.