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For Immediate Release

 

Contacts:        Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net

                        Phone: (212) 760-2554 x485 E-mail: pweisz@probono.net

                       

                       

                       

Pro Bono Net Salutes Volunteer Lawyers in Recognition of National Volunteer Week

 

NEW YORK (April 20, 2009) – As National Volunteer Week 2009 “Celebrating People in Action,” begins, Pro Bono Net, a leader in innovative programs that increase access to justice, recognizes the thousands of volunteer lawyers across the country who help low-income people deal with potentially devastating legal problems each year.

“Pro bono attorneys are more important than ever this year, with legal aid organizations facing funding cuts while the number of people in need increases,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net.  “We pay tribute to them for their dedication to public service and for providing a critical link in creating access to justice for the poor.”

Each year millions of poor people face legal problems every year without the means to hire an attorney, yet studies show that only one in five receives free legal help.  Pro bono attorneys play a critical role in addressing this justice gap.  Some recent examples of this include:

Pro Bono Net has more than 50,000 members across the country who are committed to helping low-income people facing issues such as these, as well as domestic violence, employment discrimination, foreclosure and eviction and other serious problems.  National Volunteer Week 2009 (April 19-25) Celebrating People in Action,” provides an opportunity to recognize them for their efforts.

Pro Bono Net’s online platform, at www.probono.net, makes it easy for attorneys across the country to get involved in pro bono work, saving them time and connecting them with opportunities, training events, listservs, and searchable libraries of practice resources they will not find anywhere else.  Pro Bono Net also developed and maintains the award-winning LawHelp.org, a site where consumers can find state-based legal referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools.  Pro Bono Net works in partnership with more than 200 legal services organizations around the country.

Legal professionals wishing to get involved can join one of the Pro Bono Net sites at www.probono.net.  Attorneys can also search for volunteer opportunities around the country at www.probono.net/volunteer, and can join Pro Bono Net’s group on Martindale-Hubbell Connected, the online network for legal professionals.

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 organizations, courts and bar associations across the United States.  Its platforms have been adopted in 30 states and regions, reaching approximately two-thirds of the poverty population and lawyers in the United States.  Pro Bono Net receives broad support from law firms as well as corporate sponsors including Epiq Systems, Incisive Media, LexisNexis and Pitney Bowes and Law Scribe.  For more information, please visit www.probono.net.

 

About National Volunteer Week

Sponsored by Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network—the nation’s largest volunteer organizing network—National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by former President Richard Nixon and has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with literally thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.  For more information, see http://www.handsonnetwork.org/programs/more/nvw.

 

 

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