The Rackspace Legal Team is the recipient of the 2020 W. Frank Newton Award by the State Bar of Texas and its Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee.
The W. Frank Newton Award recognizes the pro bono contribution of attorney groups (e.g., law firm, corporate law department, government attorney office, law school faculty) whose members have made an outstanding contribution in the provision of, or access to, legal services to the poor. The award is named after W. Frank Newton, former Dead of Texas Tech University School of Law and long-time pro bono advocate.
Rackspace Legal Team (alternatively known as “Racklaw”) launched an innovative legal service program called “Adopt a Non-Profit Legal Team” whose aim is to increase the team’s first ever commitment to meet the CPBO Challenge Initiative in which in-house legal teams across the country are challenged to perform pro bono legal services. The team created an adoption program where Racklaw adopted the in-house legal and compliance team at Haven for Hope of Bexar County, a San Antonio non-profit serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Racklaw handled the legal and compliance issues.
This was merely the start of their efforts as they demonstrated the value of “Adopt a Non-Profit Legal Team” and how a for-profit corporate legal team can still contribute their expertise to non-profit organizations by taking care of legal issues that many non-profits lack the resource for. Congratulations Racklaw!