McMillan wins three Zenith Pro Bono Awards 

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September 28, 2010

Rankings and recognition

McMillan congratulates its Lexpert Zenith Pro Bono Award winners for their commitment and dedication to providing legal advice and services to those who would not otherwise have them.

McMillan won in the following categories:

Initiative:  Family Legal Health Program – SickKids
Category:    Multi-Disciplinary Pro bono
Award Level:   Platinum
McMillan Nominees: Catherine Roberts, Michael Friedman, Michael Templeton, Ryan Morris
See a video on McMillan's work with the Family Legal Health Program at SickKids here.

Initiative:   Islands First

Category:   Environmental
Award Level:   Special Distinction
McMillan Nominee:   Marty Venalainen
Marty Venalainen worked to correct the power imbalance by providing pro bono legal assistance to Islands First at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 5th Conference of the Parties to the Convention's Kyoto Protocol.

Initiative:   Maytree Foundation – Pro Bono Referral Program

Category:  Law Firm Partnering with Grassroots Group
Award Level:   Platinum
McMillan Nominee:   Brett G. Harrison, Tushara Weerasooriya, Sheila Crummey, Mary-Ann Haney 
Maytree is a private charitable foundation committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities. McMillan provides services for two initiatives: a "Pro Bono Certificate Program" through which individual not-for-profit agencies apply and are selected to receive a set number of hours of pro bono services that they can use for assistance on an as-needed basis; and providing legal seminars for Maytree's Five Good Ideas series on a variety of legal issues.

The Lexpert Zenith Pro Bono Awards honour leading Canadian law firms, in-house departments and law students who are committing their time, skills and mentorship to a diverse and valuable range of pro bono activities.