Pro Bono & Community Service

Pro Bono Work

The substantial body of pro bono services performed by our attorneys is supervised by a pro bono committee coordinated by Derek C. AbbottThomas C. Grimm and R. Judson Scaggs, Jr.

Community Service

Many of the attorneys at Morris Nichols participate in a wide range of community service agencies, including serving on the boards of directors of the Community Legal Aid Society, American Civil Liberties Union, YMCA, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Special Olympics, and Goodwill of Delaware, to name just a few. MNAT® attorneys are also the leaders of many of the administrative arms of the Delaware Courts, including the Board of Bar Examiners and the Rules Committees of the Courts, as well as many important committees of the Delaware Bar Association.

Combined Campaign for Justice

Morris Nichols attorney Don Parsons performed a great service to the Delaware bar as well as the community when, as President of the Delaware Bar Association, he succeeded in bringing together the three major legal service agencies in the state.  Each was pursuing its own funding independently, leading to years when one or the other of them were under funded.  By helping them align their efforts and pool their resources into the "Combined Campaign for Justice," Parsons greatly enhanced the consistency and reliability of legal services in Delaware and earned both national and state awards in 2000 for this work.  In October 2003, following the steps of Morris Nichols attorneys before him, Parsons accepted an appointment as Vice Chancellor on the Court of Chancery.

Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award

On January 25, 2005, the Delaware State Bar Association presented Morris Nichols with an award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the field of legal representation to the poor in Delaware and fostering a culture which recognizes the value of pro bono service.

Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award

In April 2004 Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner presented Morris Nichols with the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in the Social Justice category. Governor Minner cited the Firm’s extensive work on behalf of low-income, elderly, and disabled tenants.

Other Awards

Delaware State Bar Association’s award for the Highest Contribution to the Combined Campaign for Justice (2002-2003).

Delaware State Bar Association Community Service Award for 2003.

Governor’s Tribute

On the 75th Anniversary of Morris Nichols in 2005, Governor Minner and Lieutenant Governor Carney honored our successful practice by presenting us with an official tribute from the Office Of The Governor.

County Executive Recognizes 75th Anniversary

On October 20, 2005 Morris Nichols received a 75th anniversary tribute from New Castle County Executive Christopher A. Coons, citing our accomplishments as drafters of the Delaware General Corporation Law and the Financial Center Development Act.