White & Case won a 2015 Corporate Pro Bono Award in the large law category for its work on development of the Online LGBT Tax Resource, an innovative tool that leverages technology to provide pro bono legal assistance to same-sex married couples in the United States. The Firm collaborated with The Bank of New York Mellon and the National LGBT Bar Association, who are also receiving CPBO Awards for their work on the project. The award is given by Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a global partnership project of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) and the Association of Corporate Counsel. The award will be presented at the 2015 PBI Annual Dinner on November 5, 2015 in New York.
The awards recognize innovative team approaches to pro bono work. Nominees must include one legal department and one or more law firms and/or public interest group partners.
Launched in April 2014 and updated in March 2015, the Online LBGT Tax Resource provides a comprehensive, state-by-state list of filing rules for LGBT couples, to be used as a starting point when preparing tax returns. Lawyers from White & Case and BNY Mellon thoroughly researched state codes, administrative guidance and case law to provide state-specific information to help same-sex married couples understand their filing status in their jurisdiction.
With rapidly evolving laws surrounding same-sex couples, White & Case and BNY Mellon lawyers have committed to updating the resource twice a year, ensuring the information is accurate for the estimated 100,000 legally married same-sex couples currently in the United States. For more information on the resource, please see: lgbtbar.org/tax
"We are honored to be recognized with the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award for our work on the LGBT Tax Resource in partnership with Bank of NY Mellon and the National LGBT Bar Association," said John Lillis, a tax partner with White & Case, who led the Firm's pro bono team on the project. "This on-line database helps same-sex couples all across the country navigate the complex landscape that they face when filing their taxes."