Pro Bono Spotlight: Seward & Kissel Team Wins Asylum for Refugees Part II

Welcome back for Part II of our interview with Seward & Kissel, LLP attorneys Noah Czarny, Molly Kammien, and Angela Urbano, discussing their pro bono asylum work with Human Rights First. Continue reading

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Pro Bono Spotlight: Seward & Kissel Team Wins Asylum for Refugees

We recently spoke to the three attorney team of Noah Czarny, Molly Kammien, and Angela Urbano of Seward & Kissel, LLP about their pro bono asylum work with Human Rights First, a non-profit, nonpartisan human rights organization with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, and Los Angeles. Continue reading

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View from the Bench: Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District of New York

 

ess-bio-photoThe bankruptcy court has a fascinating mix of cases, from the largest and most sophisticated Chapter 11 corporate restructuring case to the Chapter 13 case where a family is trying to save their home from foreclosure to a no-asset Chapter 7 liquidation where an individual is simply overwhelmed by consumer debt that he or she can’t possibly repay. Continue reading

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In A Blender: Pro Bono Service, Mentoring, And Legal Tech

What do you get when you combine a client in need, a website, an attorney, a laptop, and a law student? An ultra-productive opportunity for service, networking, and learning!

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/about/our-work/blog/blender-pro-bono-service-mentoring-and-legal-tech

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Pro Bono Surveys

Have you seen an email, Facebook post, Tweet or blog post like this one recently? If you have, you may live/practice in one of the 24 states currently surveying its lawyers about their pro bono participation.

We’re excited to see what lawyers have to say about whether they do pro bono, why they do it, and why they don’t. Hopefully, this data will help us all to craft opportunities and strategies that facilitate higher levels of involvement and more services to persons unable to otherwise access legal help.

If you want to see which states are participating, and how the survey is doing, check out this cool map.

 

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Harnessing In-House Pro Bono

By: Manasi Raveendran

Manasi Raveendran is a Cybersecurity Attorney with IBM Corporation. The views in this article are her own and do not necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

As a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, I was taught to be “a different kind of lawyer.” To me, that means that I always look for ways to give back through pro bono. Continue reading

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Pro bono Volunteers Mobilize to Assist Immigrants at Airports with Legal Questions and to Staff the California Justice Bus, Courtesy of One Justice.

By: Jason Dominguez

What’s the funnest thing you can imagine? Pro bono legal work! What is more fun than that? Pro bono legal work on a bus? Continue reading

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Pro Bono Reporting Comes to North Carolina

Jennifer Lechner, Executive Director at the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission reports on the introduction of a voluntary pro bono reporting in North Carolina.  North Carolina joins twenty-two other states that currently track pro bono participation! Great news!  Read her article here.

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The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Year-in-Review

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George T. “Buck” Lewis, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

Needless to say perhaps, 2016 was a whale of a year. Events have cascaded daily right into our living rooms and mobile devices. The need for access to justice resources, of course, remains unabated. So, the work of our Committee and of our collaboration partners is as critical as ever. Our work together gives me great pride in our profession. There is simply no other profession more committed to helping those in need. Continue reading

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National Celebration of Pro Bono

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The 8th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono was a huge success!

Over 1,150 events – from clinics and CLEs to pro bono award ceremonies, fundraisers, and Veterans events- were held in 49 states across the country, the District of Columbia, and Chile!

We had 600+ event sponsors including bar associations, courts, legal aid and pro bono programs, law firms and law schools.

Thank you to all who participated and for all that you do every day to increase access to justice.

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ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative

The featured event for the 2016 National Celebration of Pro Bono was the ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative. During the National Celebration of Pro Bono, over 90 events related to veterans’ services were held.  This year’s initiative was a huge success and demonstrated the commitment of America’s lawyers to pro bono service and veterans legal services.

We encourage you to continue the celebration by planning or participating in services to veterans on or around Memorial Day (May 29) 2017. We will continue efforts to recognize the valuable pro bono contributions of lawyers across the country through a little friendly competition and a social media blitz using the hashtag #ABAServingVeterans.

Submit your videos. The ABA is collecting short, informal videos to spotlight your efforts to support pro bono legal assistance for our nation’s veterans. Please learn more here.

For additional information, please visit www.ambar.org/veterans.

Save the Date!

 Mark your calendars! The 9th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono will be held October 22-28, 2017.

 Do Good. Do Justice. Do Pro Bono.

 The National Celebration of Pro Bono is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. For guidance and resources to improve your pro bono program year-round, contact the Committee’s Center for Pro Bono.

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