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Pro Bono Reporting Comes to North Carolina

Jennifer Lechner, Executive Director at the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission reports on the introduction of a voluntary pro bono reporting in North Carolina.  North Carolina joins twenty-two other states that currently track pro bono participation! Great news!  Read … Continue reading

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The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Year-in-Review

Needless to say perhaps, 2016 was a whale of a year. Events have cascaded daily right into our living rooms and mobile devices. The need for access to justice resources, of course, remains unabated. So, the work of our Committee and of our collaboration partners is as critical as ever. Our work together gives me great pride in our profession. There is simply no other profession more committed to helping those in need. Continue reading

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National Celebration of Pro Bono

  The 8th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono was a huge success! Over 1,150 events – from clinics and CLEs to pro bono award ceremonies, fundraisers, and Veterans events- were held in 49 states across the country, the District … Continue reading

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Could This Simple Idea Solve the Justice Gap?

“On Friday morning last week, a dozen lawyers sitting in cubicles took calls in a downtown Chicago office. A video screen on the wall tracked the activity: 34 people had called in the first hour asking for free legal help. … Continue reading

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Raging for Pro Bono: Using Post Election Energy to Recruit Pro Bono Lawyers

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead. It is no secret that the recent presidential election has invoked a strong reaction from … Continue reading

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NFPA CELEBRATES PRO BONO AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE By: Christine M. Flynn

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO) from October 20, 2016 through October 23, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont. This year’s annual convention and … Continue reading

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National Celebration of Pro Bono: New Orleans Perspective

Our friend Jenny Rizzo at the Pro Bono Project in New Orleans has written a lovely piece on the legal needs in the city and how legal professionals can volunteer to help. We invite you to read her piece here, and … Continue reading

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Making a Difference with Pro Bono Work

“Like many of you, I am passionate about pro bono work and do my best to assist those in need. I believe that pro bono service  is a noble and necessary calling for all lawyers, so I urge you to … Continue reading

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Help! I Want to Celebrate Pro Bono – But How?!?!

The National Celebration of Pro Bono is October 23-29 this year. That means that if you have not already planned your Celebration, you still have 4 weeks to do it! But what, and how?! Our website, http://www.celebrateprobono.org, can help you … Continue reading

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Diversifying through pro bono work

“The American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct state that “every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay” and suggest that lawyers should aspire to perform at least (50) hours of pro … Continue reading

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