Firm Supports Next Generation of Public Interest Lawyers

The “Robert M. Dell Student Advocates” assist low-income workers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

July 27, 2015

The growth of Latham’s pro bono program and its deep, unwavering commitment are a testament to Bob Dell’s decision early in his tenure as the firm’s Chair and Managing Partner to integrate pro bono into Latham’s culture. In recognition of Dell’s contributions to the firm, upon his retirement at the end of 2014, Latham & Watkins partners made a US$225,000 donation in Dell’s name to the Legal Aid Society—Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), on whose board Dell has sat for many years.

This donation is being used to endow the “Robert M. Dell Student Advocates,” funding LAS-ELC’s summer law student program for the next decade. These law interns are supporting LAS-ELC as it works to protect the employment rights of low-wage workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
“We are thrilled that the donation will help further the important mission of LAS-ELC and to support the next generation of public interest lawyers as they begin their careers,” said Wendy Atrokhov, Public Service Counsel at Latham. “And we are so very grateful to Bob for his inspiring example and steadfast support of pro bono over the years.”

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