Front & Center
A Message from the CEO
The law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP has earned a reputation in the business community for aggressively taking on the toughest legal matters for our clients. We are often engaged to fight for those who are the underdog, for those who see their opportunity slipping away from them, and for those who have a new idea and need help turning it into a reality.
This “challenge” mindset extends to our philanthropic endeavors as well. We believe that law firms are in a unique position to make a positive difference in the legal community, and the community at large, and to help improve our society and change the lives of those in need – the unemployed, the indigent, the homeless, the all but forgotten students trying to learn in an under-resourced classroom. Our Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest strives to combine the power of pro bono legal representation, charitable giving and community service to help those in need.
We cannot and do not do this alone, of course. By forming meaningful alliances with effective organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the New York City Urban Debate League, Thompson Island, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and LIFEbeat Arts Practice Training, we are able to advance our shared mission of improving inner-city education. We are excited by the energy and commitment of this charitable community and look forward to the future.
Joseph F. Ryan
Brown Rudnick LLP
A Message from the Executive Director
Brown Rudnick’s founding partners believed that law firms are in a unique position to make a positive difference in the legal community, and the community at large, to improve our society and change the lives of those in need. They also believed that it was essential that they do so. Those Brown Rudnick attorneys held true the belief that size was immaterial to success in this regard; rather dedication, innovation and determination were the main drivers needed to change the world around them.
With this philanthropic spirit and conviction, the Center was launched as Brown Rudnick’s vehicle to champion, coordinate and celebrate our Firm’s contributions to the public interest, and to serve as an example that would motivate others in the legal profession. In 2001, the Center was something of a “philanthropic game changer” in the legal community, and today, it continues to distinguish Brown Rudnick as a leader by striving to combine the power of pro bono legal representation, charitable giving and community service to help those in need. This added dimension broadens and enhances our Firm and the people in it.
The success of our efforts during the past eleven years demonstrates the dedication of Brown Rudnick to public interest efforts and the wisdom of creating the Center as the tangible, living vehicle for us to pursue that commitment. There is every reason to be optimistic that the next ten years will continue to build on that success to take us to greater heights in bettering our Firm, our profession and our communities.
Albert W. Wallis
Center for the Public Interest