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Our Programs

Our Programs

Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in collaboration, PBN transforms the way legal help reaches those in need. Below is a list of our programs.
In 2014, probono.net had more than 102,000 attorneys, and more than 8 million people visited LawHelp.org to access free, reliable online resources. In 2014, more than 500,000 legal forms were created using LHI.
 

Probono.net (www.probono.net)

Probono.net is a national, online resource for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, law professors and students, and related social services advocates. The site promotes collaboration and makes it easier for pro bono attorneys to get involved, saving them time and connecting them with opportunities, training events, mentors, and searchable libraries of practice resources they won't find anywhere else. The site is organized by topical "practice areas" and geographic regions, built and maintained by public interest legal organizations and law firms throughout the country. Members include more than 75,000 advocates from hundreds of public interest organizations and private firms.

 

LawHelp.org (www.lawhelp.org)

LawHelp is an online resource that helps low and moderate-income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, answers to questions about their legal rights, court information, links to social service agencies, and more. This resource was built and is maintained in partnership with hundreds of legal aid, pro bono and court-based programs across the country. LawHelp.org was recognized with the 2007 Webby Award for Best Law site.

 

LawHelp Interactive (www.lawhelpinteractive.org)

Pro Bono Net leads a national effort to provide online legal document assembly for poverty law and court access to justice programs. LawHelp Interactive allows subject matter experts to create interview templates that can be used to assemble court forms and other legal documents based on a user's input. The system increases opportunities for self-represented litigants to achieve justice on their own and improves efficiency for legal aid, pro bono and courts-based access to justice programs. Read a case study about how the NY Courts are using LawHelp Interactive. This project is in collaboration with Ohio State Legal Services Association, with funding by the Legal Services Corporation and the State Justice Institute, and using HotDocs software.
Pro Bono Net received the 2010 InnovAction Award from the College of Law Practice Management in recognition of LawHelp Interactive. The InnovAction Awards recognize outstanding innovation in the delivery of legal services, demonstrating to the legal community what can happen when passionate professionals, with big ideas and strong convictions, resolve to create effective change.
 
Immigration Advocates Network (www.immigrationadvocates.org

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools.
IAN's partners include the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, and the Advocates for Human Rights.
 
CitizenshipWorks (www.citizenshipworks.org)

CitizenshipWorks provides easy-to-use online tools to help low and moderate-income individuals to answer important questions about their eligibility for naturalization, to better understand the naturalization process, and to prepare for the naturalization tests. The CitizenshipWorks toolkit includes:
  1. An interactive online interview to help individuals to understand their eligibility for naturalization;
  2. A self-paced interactive tutorial that explains the naturalization process step-by-step;
  3. An online tutorial to help applicants prepare for the naturalization tests; and
  4. Links to other resources and information about citizenship and naturalization available online.
CitizenshipWorks also provides online tools and resources for nonprofits that provide free or low cost naturalization application services. If you are a nonprofit that is interested in learning more about CitizenshipWorks, please email us at info@citizenshipworks.org.

 

Pro Bono Manager (www.probono.net/probonomanager)

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pro Bono Net has developed a customized, hosted web application to increase law firms' pro bono program management capacity. Operating as a secure, seamless extension of a law firm's intranet, the platform will integrate content from the public interest legal community regarding training events, volunteer opportunities and news with powerful reporting, knowledge management and lawyer matching tools that draw on data from the law firm's internal personnel, billing, time keeping and docketing systems.
 
 

 

 

 

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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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