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Thomson Reuters Elite Continues Support of Public Counsel with Cary Burch to Join Board of Directors

Thomson Reuters Elite President Named Member of Public Counsel's Board of Directors to Continue More than a Decade's Worth of Contributions to their Cause

Thomson Reuters Elite has announced that President Cary Burch has become a member of the board of directors for Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm that provides vital legal services for free to those in need. Public Counsel’s board of directors is comprised of respected representatives from large law firms across the nation and globe.

“Public Counsel puts the power of law to work for people in need, and we are proud to have both Cary Burch and Thomson Reuters Elite on our team,” said Hernán Vera, president and CEO of Public Counsel. “We are very appreciative to have both Cary’s and Thomson Reuters Elite’s support.”

For more than a decade, Thomson Reuters Elite has supported Public Counsel to provide much needed legal services to vulnerable communities throughout California. Most significantly, Thomson Reuters Elite has provided Public Counsel with ProLaw® software free of charge since 2001. The solution has helped Public Counsel standardize processes to maintain accurate and complete data, and create a more collaborative work environment to better handle complex cases.

ProLaw has been used to track almost all aspects of the attorney-client relationship including more than 150,000 matters and contacts. ProLaw’s reporting capabilities help Public Counsel accurately report on the demographics of clients and volunteers. Since extending its support to full sponsorship in 2010, Thomson Reuters Elite has facilitated access to a suite of different WestlawNext® content, provided products and services to help with Public Counsel’s library needs, and contributed technology support and assistance to help with Public Counsel’s technological needs

“The incredible work Public Counsel does on behalf of its clients is an invaluable resource within our community, and we are honored to support its efforts,” said Burch. “I am personally very proud to represent Thomson Reuters Elite as a member of the board and to continue to expand upon the contributions of our organization.”

For a video that highlights Public Counsel’s achievements and Thomson Reuters Elite’s support, please click here. To learn more about how implementing ProLaw helped Public Counsel standardize processes, track volunteer attorneys and clients, and create a more collaborative work environment, read the case study.

About Public Counsel
Public Counsel was founded in 1970 and is the nation's largest not-for-profit law firm of its kind. Public Counsel provides free legal services and impact litigation through a partnership with the nation's top law firms and major corporations to more than 32,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year. The value of these free legal services provided during 2011 is conservatively estimated at over $88 million. Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations as well as the Southern California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Learn more at

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