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
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!
By: Christine Flynn, NFPA Pro Bono Committee (Chair)
The NFPA Pro Bono Committee would like to extend its warm congratulations to Kathi P. Ingram, RP®, Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia, and as well as Teresa Scharf, RP®, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio. Both Kathi and Teresa were recently honored for their outstanding service and efforts in both pro bono and advancing the paralegal profession. Continue reading
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service will hold the 2017 Pro Bono Publico Awards Luncheon on August 12, 2017 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City. Continue reading
Over the past eight 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.
Visit the Celebration Website for great organizing ideas and tools. Contact the ABA’s Center for Pro Bono to help facilitate your planning. Continue reading
By: Laurie I. Mikva
In January, PILI hired its first staff member housed outside of Chicago. Elizabeth (“Beth”) Jensen, who has a long history in legal aid and public service, is PILI’s Program Director with an office in Peoria from which she oversees the statewide array of PILI sponsored pro bono activities. She recently helped organize a statewide summit, inviting leaders from all of the Circuit Pro Bono Committees along with area legal services providers and statewide legal aid organizations to share information and initiatives. Continue reading
By: Laurie I. Mikva
The Public Interest Law Initiative, or PILI, may be best known as an internship program that places law students at Chicago area public interest organizations for the summer. Indeed, that was the humble origins of the program. However, as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, PILI has emerged as a major player in sponsoring and promoting pro bono activities throughout Illinois. Continue reading
Check out this article from Lee Rawles at the ABA Journal about a Florida attorney who is running 6 marathons in 6 days to bring awareness to the need for legal aid and pro bono! What an accomplishment!
Read the article here: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/this_florida_attorney_will_run_6_marathons_in_6_days_to_raise_money_for_leg