2017 Recipient

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Where presented : 
Exemplar Award Dinner
Recipient(s) name: 
Max Laun
Recipient title: 
Vice President and General Counsel
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Throughout a 29-year career at Arconic (formerly Alcoa), Max has championed pro bono work and civil legal aid programs. As a regular pro bono volunteer and advocate, Max has led by example and institutionalized pro bono engagement opportunities within his company, including sponsoring a clinic where attorneys can provide legal assistance to elderly and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Relentlessly driven to public service and advocacy, Max extended his leadership and passion to his own community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh-based Neighborhood Legal Services Association starting in 2008, as President from 2014-2016, and as Immediate Past President through 2018. He also serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, which coordinates the activities of legal aid programs across the state.  In appreciation of his selfless pro bono activities on behalf of underserved communities in Western Pennsylvania, Max received the prestigious Civic Recognition Award given for acts of kindness and compassion. His vocal and powerful advocacy within both his local community and the boardroom has advanced the message of equal justice and emphasized the importance of legal aid.

Max’s philanthropic legacy and national leadership within the corporate legal community reflect his conviction that equal access to justice is a national moral imperative and is essential to building strong communities.