It’s summer! Time to dust off the beach blanket, fire up the grill, and catch up on your pro bono reading while lounging by the pool! Here are our recommendations:
Issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, this study is the committee’s third empirical investigation of American volunteer legal service since 2004. The report quantifies the amount of pro bono work done by U.S. lawyers in 2011, describes characteristics of recent pro bono service that can be used to guide new pro bono initiatives and identifies factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service.
The Legal Services Corporation is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans, providing federal grants to 134 non-profit legal aid organizations in every state. These programs address civil matters that go to the heart of their clients’ safety and security. To help address these challenges, LSC formed a Pro Bono Task Force comprised of 60 distinguished leaders from the legal profession and charged with considering how to efficiently and effectively engage pro bono lawyers to assist.
This spring, ABA President Laurel Bellows sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor seeking assurances that the agency will interpret the Fair Labor Standards to allow unpaid pro bono internships. The effort is an attempt to pave the way for law students and recent grads to work on pro bono matters with for-profit law firms and corporate legal offices.
And, finally, making pro bono personal. Michael G. Bergmann, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative, writes about his first pro bono case and reflects on his years of service.
Enjoy your summer!