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Front Page - Friday, December 20, 2019

Baker Donelson names Weiss pro bono committee chair


Baker Donelson has appointed Allie Weiss to serve as pro bono committee office chair for the firm’s Chattanooga office.

As the chair, Weiss will work to identify and address local pro bono needs while coordinating with Baker Donelson pro bono shareholder Samuel Bowman for global pro bono initiatives.

“Meeting the specific needs for pro bono services in each of our local markets is a key element in ensuring Baker Donelson is addressing broader needs across our geographic footprint,” Bowman says. “Allie is among the many talented and committed people we have at Baker Donelson who are enthusiastic about strengthening our communities by providing vital legal services to the underserved.”

An associate in Baker Donelson’s Chattanooga office, Weiss assists clients in a variety of business-related litigation, with a focus on professional liability matters. She is a graduate of Emory University School of Law.

Through its pro bono representation, Baker Donelson provides legal services to groups and individuals whose resources are limited. For decades, the firm’s attorneys have provided a variety of counsel to many underserved populations that have had no options for legal representation.

Baker Donelson’s efforts include work on a wide range of matters, such as advocating for the homeless and organizations that serve the homeless, providing corporate legal services to nonprofit organizations and more.

The firm has helped to expand the Homeless Experience Legal Protection program across the Southeast, created courts dedicated to handling minor legal matters common among the homeless, assisted persons of limited means with obtaining driver’s licenses and spearheaded volunteer lawyer programs across its footprint.

Baker Donelson was one of the first law firms in the Southeast to create a pro bono committee and designate a pro bono shareholder.

To further its commitment to pro bono, Baker Donelson also designates pro bono committee office chairs in most of its 21 offices.

Source: Baker Donelson