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Contact:            Allison McDermott, Pro Bono Net
            Phone: (212) 760-2554 x483 E-mail: amcdermott@probono.net

LAWHELP.ORG NOMINATED FOR BEST LAW SITE FOR THE 12th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS

Non-profit Access to Justice Portal on the Shortlist for “Oscars of the Internet”

New York (April 9, 2008) - The 12th Annual Webby Awards has nominated LawHelp.org for the Best Law Site of 2008.  LawHelp.org offers state-based legal referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools.  It was created and is managed by Pro Bono Net, the nonprofit leader in technology solutions to expand access to justice for those in need.

LawHelp won the 2007 Webby Award for Best Law Website, and is the only repeat nominee in the category.

Webby winners will be announced on May 6, 2008 and honored at a star-studded gala in New York City on June 10th.  Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

“We are honored to be singled out for the second year in a row as creators of one of the top legal websites,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net.   “It is especially gratifying that our hundreds of nonprofit partners around the country can be recognized for their innovative work to expand access to justice.”

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding Websites that are setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “LawHelp.org’s Webby Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

From now through May 1st, online fans around the world can cast their own votes for LawHelp.org in The Webby People’s Voice Awards presented by Nokia at http://pv.webbyawards.com.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.


About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Founded in 1998 with support from the Open Society Institute, Pro Bono Net has created a broad and powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the United States and Canada. This network uses two innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org—to recruit and manage volunteers and provide direct information and tools for low-income communities and the organizations that serve them.   LawHelp encompasses a powerful network of statewide legal aid websites that have been funded in large part through the Technology Innovations Grant (TIG) program of the Legal Services Corporation.  Pro Bono Net corporate sponsors include ALM, CaseCentral, Epiq Systems, Interwoven and Pitney Bowes.  For more information, please visit www.probono.net.

About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received a record 9,500 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; .ORG; The Barbarian Group; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.
 

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