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Pro Bono Attorneys Help Nonprofit Train Next Generation of Environmental Professionals

 

By Doan Nguyen, CORP Staff Attorney

 

This month, the Volunteer Legal Services Program’s (VLSP) Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) is pleased to spotlight Patrick Jewik and Kenneth Shurtz of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton for their outstanding pro bono work. CORP provides pro bono assistance to qualifying nonprofits in a range of business transactional legal areas. For the past year, Jewik and Shurtz have assisted the Environmental Literacy Curriculum Project (ELCP) with several different issues, ranging from contracts law to intellectual property questions. ELCP offers an environmental literacy and job readiness curriculum that prepares youths and adults from underserved communities for opportunities in the green economy. CORP interviewed Jewik and Shurtz to gain more insight about their volunteer work.

Patrick Jewik and Andrew Shurtz

CORP: How did you learn about this pro bono opportunity?

Jewik & Shurtz: We heard about the opportunity through one of the regular email notices about volunteer projects that we receive as members of the CORP mailing list.

CORP: What motivated you to volunteer for CORP?

Jewik & Shurtz: When the opportunity came to assist a great nonprofit in an area of law that we specialized in, we were excited to use our expertise to help. We were especially eager to volunteer because there are such limited pro bono opportunities for patent attorneys like us.

CORP: What legal assistance did you provide ELCP?

Jewik & Shurtz: We assisted ELCP on a variety of legal issues, including reviewing licenses and contracts to ensure that the organization’s intellectual property rights relating to its environmental literacy curriculum known as the Roots of Success are protected. We also advised ELCP regarding derivative works, and are currently helping them expand their program to the United Kingdom and South Africa.

CORP: How was your overall volunteer experience?

Shurtz: Working with ELCP has been a great experience. It has allowed me to apply aspects of what I ordinarily do to make a positive difference, and working with Raquel Pinderhughes (Founder and Executive Director of ELCP) has been a pleasure.

Jewik: Assisting ELCP has been a pleasant break from my regular assignments and good for professional development. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with ELCP and Raquel. Raquel is a true hero and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with those who devote their lives to helping others.

Jewik is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where his practice focuses on patent prosecution and strategic counseling. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and graduated from the University of Houston Law Center.

Shurtz is an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. His practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling in the medical and mechanical arts. Shurtz graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University and received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

To learn more about CORP, please visit www.sfbar.org/corp or email vlsp@sfbar.org.

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