Are You Up to the Challenge?

The National Pro Bono Celebration has grown each of the past two years, and we expect this year to be even bigger. Last year, 650+ events were held. Bar associations, pro bono programs, legal services organizations and law schools shared videos, tweeted about the Celebration, and posted events on Facebook. Last year, Kate Bladow of techno.la challenged others to expand the online action by pledging to blog about pro bono during the Celebration, and many people lived up to the challenge.

This year’s National Pro Bono Celebration kicks off on October 23, 2011 – just 11 short days away. As part of the Celebration this year, the Center for Pro Bono challenges you to publish at least one blog post between October 23 and October 29 in honor of the National Pro Bono Celebration. Your post can be written, audio or video, as long as you share your thoughts on the value of pro bono. Click here to join in the pledge!

Already have a blog? You’re all set! Don’t have a blog? No problem – the Pro Bono Exchange is always looking for guest bloggers! Just drop us a line at abaprobono at americanbar.org if you would like to submit a guest post.

Need an idea to get started? Some of the great topics Kate suggested last year include:

  •  why you take pro bono cases;
  • why access to the courts is important;
  • about a memorable pro bono case;
  • why you admire a colleague’s pro bono service;
  • about the pro bono program you work with;
  • about a legal issue faced by low-income people related to your blog’s topic;
  • where lawyers can sign up for pro bono cases; or
  • where people can find free legal help.

You can also check out some of the videos here or here for inspiration.

So, pledge to blog about pro bono the week of October 23rd, and be sure to come back the following week to check out our post with links to everyone who blogged. Links to blogs will also be posted on the National Celebration of Pro Bono website.”

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