NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS (NFPA) CELEBRATES PRO BONO AT 2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION

By: Christine Flynn

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the New Orleans Paralegal Organization (NOPO) from October 12, 2017 through October 15, 2017 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans.  This year’s annual convention was attended by delegates of Regions I, II, III, IV and V.

The NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Guidelines provide that each paralegal should aspire to contribute 24 hours of community service, in addition to 24 hours to pro bono service annually.  During the year, paralegals voluntarily report hours via the NFPA Pro Bono/Community Service Hours Reporting Forms to record and report the number of hours contributed to local groups, pro bono agencies, events, associations and organizations.  Local associations may then report these hours to the state and local bar associations, highlighting the valuable contributions paralegals make to the delivery of pro bono legal services and to making access to justice a reality.  NFPA honored many paralegals from local associations throughout the United States for meeting and/or exceeding the recommended aspirations for completion of pro bono/community service hours. These paralegals received certificates from NFPA.

Following recognition and the presentation of certificates, NFPA also announced the 2017 pro bono award winners as follows:

  • Individual Pro Bono Award, Dardie Robinson, Oregon Paralegal Association
  • Association Pro Bono Award, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio

The award winners received commemorative plaques.

NFPA Awards

Pictured: Members of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (PACO) with Lisa Lynch, CRP, NPFA Vice President & Director of Marketing

 

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Federal Bar Association’s New Pro Bono Event: Wills for Veterans

 

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Thank You For Celebrating!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ninth Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono. With your help, this year’s National Celebration was a huge success! Over 1,350 events were held in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, London, and Hong Kong. Events ranged from clinics and CLE’s to pro bono awards ceremonies, fundraisers, and events serving the homeless. Over 700 organizations, including legal aid and pro bono organizations, bar associations, law firms, law schools, and courts, hosted events during this year’s Celebration. Thank you to all who participated and for all that you do every day to increase access to justice.

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On behalf of ABA President Hilarie Bass, we would like to thank those of you who participated in this year’s signature initiative, the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network. During the National Celebration of Pro Bono, organizations hosted over 60 events related to legal needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. This year’s initiative was a great success and demonstrated the commitment of America’s lawyers to pro bono service and individuals experiencing homelessness.

We encourage you to continue the celebration by planning or participating in services to homeless youth on or around the International Day for Street Children, April 12, 2018.

Visit the Celebration site for planning tips and ideas for ways that you can sponsor events serving homeless youth! And don’t forget to check out the Celebration store for items to show your appreciation for your volunteers.

Check back next week as we highlight some of the great programming and events that happened during the Celebration in our Celebration Spotlight series!

Save the Date for the Tenth Anniversary of the National Celebration of Pro Bono, October 21-27, 2018!

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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“I Don’t Have Time For Pro Bono!”

“[p]roviding pro bono services is like the sauce on a hot wing. You can enjoy the wings, but it’s the sauce that completes it.”

Read more about one attorney who discovered that providing pro bono legal services enriches one’s practice and one’s life: http://pili.org/pro-bono/i-dont-have-time-for-pro-bono.

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Philadelphia Releases Pro Bono Task Force Report

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation have released their 2017 Pro Bono Task Force Report, just in time for the National Celebration of Pro Bono. Check out this article from Generocity to learn about the task force’s findings and to access the report. The direct report can also be accessed here.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation for sharing such great information!

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Are You Ready to Celebrate?

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The National Celebration of Pro Bono is just around the corner! This year’s events will take place from October 22-28, 2017. Programs across the country are already beginning to Celebrate Pro Bono, so don’t miss out! Check-out the National Celebration of Pro Bono Events Map to find events happening near you! Continue reading

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Law students can make a difference for hurricane victims

Check out this great article about law students making a difference in the wake of hurricanes and natural disasters.

https://abaforlawstudents.com/2017/09/19/law-students-can-make-difference-hurricane-victims/

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New Website Launches to Connect Volunteer Lawyers to Nonprofits that Need Volunteer Legal Help

Guest blog by Sarah Baker

More and more of us are concerned about policies affecting our families, friends, neighbors, and the institutions and principles we hold dear. An unprecedented number of people, including many lawyers, are stepping forward to offer assistance. Simultaneously, the number of nonprofit organizations in need of legal assistance grows daily. Nonprofits are on the frontline more than ever, and people are establishing new organizations every day. There are nonprofits that need free legal assistance and lawyers who want to help, but they often can’t find each other. Continue reading

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Pro Bono in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Check out this blog post from the Texas Bar about how you can do pro bono to assist Hurricane Harvey victims.

http://blog.texasbar.com/2017/08/articles/news/court-order-lets-out-of-state-lawyers-serve-harvey-victims/#more-7691

 

 

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Pro Bono Opportunities: Plan on Serving in 2017

Check out this great article from the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, written by Damian Ortiz, Professor and Director of the John Marshall Law School’s Pro Bono Program & Clinic. It’s a great reminder of all of the benefits of pro bono and the many resources out there for those searching for pro bono opportunities!

https://www.isba.org/committees/minorities/newsletter/2017/06/probonoopportunitiesplanonservingin

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