Statement From ACC on the Passing of Esther Lardent
Posted: Apr 5, 2016
The Association of Corporate Counsel joins our members and colleagues throughout the legal community to mourn the loss of our longtime friend and hero, Esther Lardent, former CEO of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), who will forever be affectionately remembered as the "Queen of Pro Bono."
The founder of PBI, Esther's dedication to justice and providing legal representation to underserved communities made a difference in the lives of thousands. Throughout her life, Esther devoted her time and countless resources to expanding the reach of pro bono opportunities to law firms, legal departments and, most importantly, people in dire need of legal services.
Starting with her work as director of the American Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Project, to establishing PBI in 1996, to developing Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a partnership with ACC, Esther was the driving force behind making pro bono an indispensible part of the legal culture.
Most importantly, Esther illustrated by example to the legal community that as lawyers, we are bound by the responsibility to use our skills and training to help fulfill a promise of equal justice under the law for all people.
We were constantly inspired by Esther's passion to achieve what most may have viewed as unattainable. We have watched her dream of providing more pro bono opportunities come to fruition and we celebrate her legacy of service and extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and all who knew her.