The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support National Pro Bono Celebration Week (October 22-28). Pro Bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community does to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more individuals to get involved in pro bono support of the legal system. During the week we will feature stories of pro bono volunteers.
Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry, corporate associate in the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges
As a corporate associate, Fortenberry focuses on complex corporate and transactional matters for private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures, and investment transactions. She was selected as Weil’s 2014 Lend-A-Lawyer to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, where she devoted a three-month period to representing indigent clients in a variety of contested matters.
Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry
What kind of pro bono do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I have handled a variety of pro bono matters, but primarily, I handle civil family law cases through DVAP. I have been doing pro bono as long as I have been licensed. In fact, after graduation from law school, I deferred my start date as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges for one year to do pro bono work for two nonprofit organizations focused on development in Africa.