From the Chair: Imagine

 

Imagine being a teacher in a small town in Appalachia and receiving a call from a young student who said that she was left at school and no one had come to pick her up.  Continue reading

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Start Planning to Celebrate Pro Bono in October!

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Save the Date for the 10th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono

October 21-27, 2018

Over the past nine years, with your help, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in focusing an annual national spotlight on pro bono. During the 2017 National Celebration, over 700 organizations participating by planning more than 1300 events! Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approves Pilot Program Allowing CLE Credit for Pro Bono

Exciting news from Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a pilot program that will allow attorneys to earn CLE credit for pro bono service. “Developed in conjunction with the Continuing Legal Education Board, the three-year pilot program will allow registered Pennsylvania lawyers to receive one CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono legal work completed.”

Find out more here! 

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Community Spotlight: National Association of Pro Bono Professionals

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The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) is an independent organization of pro bono professionals. NAPBPro, which was created in 1987, “is the only national organization devoted to promoting pro bono services to the poor and the professional development of pro bono managers and professionals and others interested in this field.” (NAPBPRO website, www.napbpro.org, 5/3/2018). Continue reading

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Get the Most Out of the Equal Justice Conference 2018!

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The countdown is on! It’s just one week until the Equal Justice Conference (EJC) in San Diego. As the conference approaches, we offer some advice for those who may be attending for the first time:

Build your community

We’ve all heard the exhortation to network and there’s no better place than EJC. The group that will gather in San Diego is a wonderful and welcoming community of leaders who are committed to helping the next generation of advocates navigate the field– take advantage of the offer! View your time at EJC as an opportunity to both learn from your experienced colleagues and to start building a professional network that will help you achieve your programmatic goals.

Also take the time to get to know others new to the field, as these are the folks who you will be working with over the course of your career.

P.S. Don’t forget your business cards!

Plan for the present – and the future

If you’re new to your position, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information thrown your way. Make sure to review the agenda beforehand, and strategize how best to utilize your time at the conference. Attend sessions that will be helpful for your current projects, but also sit in on panels that may provide information to help you prepare for work to come.

Keep the inspiration alive

You’ll likely be hit by inspiration several times during the conference. Don’t let these great ideas get away! Take the time at the end of each day – or the weekend – to reflect and debrief. Jot down your thoughts to share later with your colleagues and help you develop an action plan. You’ll be happy you did when you return to your office and find yourself back in the swing of your daily tasks and responsibilities.

Stay connected via social media

The hashtag for the 2018 Equal Justice Conference is #ejc18. Please use this hashtag on social media to stay connected! 

We Hope to See You in San Diego!

 

 

 

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Pro Bono Spotlight: Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our Pro bono Spotlight with Vince Levy and Blair Kaminsky of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP. Continue reading

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Pro Bono Spotlight: Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Part 1

Today, we are highlighting the pro bono work by the attorneys of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg (HSG). HSG was founded in 2012 as a boutique commercial litigation firm with a strong commitment to pro bono. The founding partners envisioned a firm that would give back to society through pro bono work. We spoke with HSG Partners Blair Kaminsky and Vince Levy about HSG’s commitment to pro bono and some of the pro bono work being done by attorneys at the firm.  Continue reading

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Alternative Spring Break

One of our favorite topics during the year is learning about the pro bono efforts of law students during spring break. Check out this article to learn more about Georgia State University’s Alternative Spring Break projects from 2018.

https://news.gsu.edu/2018/04/04/alternative-spring-break-students-choose-service-learning-over-downtime/

What pro bono offerings did your law school have for spring break in 2018? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Get Ready for the 2018 Equal Justice Conference!

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The countdown is on! Just a little over 4 weeks until the 2018 Equal Justice Conference in sunny San Diego, California! For those of you who are unfamiliar with EJC, it is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association. EJC provides an opportunity for pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, corporate counsel, court administrators, private lawyers, paralegals, bar association leaders, and many others to come together to receive training and address current issues facing the public interest community. During this four day event EJC will offer:

Educational Enhancement

  • With over 85 workshops on topics ranging from current access to justice trends to innovative uses of technology to reach clients in rural and remote areas, there are sure to be multiple opportunities to improve your practice and strengthen your local efforts at improving the delivery of legal services to poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. Multiple CLE opportunities will be available. (Speak with a representative during registration for more detailed information on CLE credit).
  • In addition to the main conference workshops there are eight pre-conferences including those for law school pro bono professionals, new and experienced pro bono managers, new executive directors, and more.
  • Use many of the ideas and models you will learn about to modify or enhance your own practice once you return from the conference.

Networking Opportunities

  • EJC 2018 will have over 800 attendees from across the country. EJC will surely prove to be an excellent opportunity to make connections and gain insight from colleagues in your field.
  • EJC offers numerous networking opportunities where you can meet and collaborate with colleagues.

An Opportunity to Get Plugged In

  • Learn new techniques on how to optimize social media and technology to assist in reaching constituents, improving services, and working with volunteers.
  • Know the hashtag. The hashtag for the 2018 Equal Justice Conference is #ejc18. Please use this hashtag on social media to stay connected! 

We Hope to See You in San Diego!EJC

Have you attended EJC in the past? Share your favorite EJC experience below in the comments.

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Celebrate Pro Bono in April!

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Over the past nine years, with your help, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in focusing an annual national spotlight on pro bono.  In connection with ABA President Elect Hilarie Bass and the ABA’s Homeless Youth Legal Network, we encourage you to build on the success of the 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono by planning and participating in events assisting homeless youth on or around International Day for Street Children, April 12, 2018.

National estimates have found that 1.3 to 1.7 million youth experience homelessness every year.  These children need assistance from attorneys to guarantee them access to justice, no matter where they are. Homeless youth have a variety of legal needs, such as access to ID, family law, juvenile or criminal justice involvement, trafficking, immigration, education, benefits, and a variety of other civil legal matters. With your help, we hope to remove legal barriers in an effort to improve outcomes for this highly vulnerable population.

We will make special 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 #ABAHYLN. Additionally, organizations hosting events serving homeless youth will receive recognition from ABA President Hilarie Bass.

Visit our National Celebration website here for planning ideas and examples of some of the homelessness events held during the 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono, and to enter your April events.  Examples of popular events serving homeless individuals include clinics, CLE’s, and know your rights seminars.

Save the Date for the Tenth Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono

October 21-27, 2018.

 Do Good. Do Justice. Do Pro Bono.

Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

 

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