Steven Scudder, Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Mr. Scudder graduated from the Franklin Pierce Law School in 1983, was in private practice for a short time and then became director of the New Hampshire Pro Bono Program. For 10 years he led that program and the Bar’s other lawyer referral and public service initiatives. Mr. Scudder had been doing consulting for the ABA Center for Pro Bono since 1986 and in 1994 was hired as the Center’s director. In 1996 he became Counsel to the ABA’s Pro Bono Committee. During the past 16+ years he has led many successful national pro bono initiatives, has spoken and written extensively about pro bono, and has provided extensive consultation to programs across the country. Mr. Scudder is a recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services (2011) and the National Association of Pro Bono’s William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award (2008[s1] ).


Cheryl Zalenski, Director, Center for Pro Bono The Center is a project of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and provides technical assistance and means for encouraging pro bono activity to and among pro bono programs, bar associations, legal services programs, law firms, corporate legal departments, government attorney offices, law schools, and other segments of the legal profession. Her particular areas of interest include nonprofit and volunteer management. Ms. Zalenski joined the Center for Pro Bono in 1999. Previously, she was Managing Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at Legal Services Organization of Southcentral Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and a licensed attorney in Michigan and Illinois. Ms. Zalenski is also a member of the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals.

jones_headshotBill Jones, Technology, Information and Content Coordinator, Center for Pro Bono Mr. Jones maintains the Center’s databases, online directories and clearinghouse as well as performing webmaster duties for the Center’s web pages. In addition, Mr. Jones supports the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, Celebrate Pro Bono and National Disaster Legal Aid websites. Mr. Jones has published technology articles, most recently in the ABA’s GPSolo Journal and the M.I.E. Journal. He helped plan the LSC’s National Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access to Justice and contributed to the Summit’s white papers. Before the ABA, Bill was involved in developing distance learning courses at a corporation building a virtual university offering MBA courses for credit.

Marissa LaVette, Assistant Staff Counsel, Center for Pro Bono Prior to joining the Center for Pro Bono, Ms. LaVette worked with the Legal Advocacy Center in Chicago as a staff attorney, where her work included representing children and families in education and disability related matters.  Ms. LaVette has a passion for pro bono service and access to justice, and brings her experience in volunteer management, training, and community outreach to the Center. Ms. LaVette graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2010 and received a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



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