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.
Bill 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 UNext.com a corporation building a virtual university offering MBA courses for credit.
Nura Maznavi, Assistant Staff Counsel, Center for Pro Bono Prior to joining the ABA, Ms. Maznavi most recently worked with Muslim Advocates in San Francisco as a program head where her work included, among other tasks, recruiting law firms to provide pro bono assistance in civil rights matters. In addition to volunteer recruitment and management, Nura also brings a deep commitment to justice and access to justice, as well as great experience in developing training, conducting outreach, and communication. Since moving to Chicago, she has been a volunteer with the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Expungement Help Desk. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law.