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Pro Bono Net Celebrates Pro Bono Volunteers!
 

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  National Pro Bono Week is a co-ordinated national effort by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and is an exciting time of the year where we recognize the hard work of our volunteers, and the critical roles they play in helping bridge the justice gap, and live up to our professional ideal of "justice for all".
 
This year we celebrated National Pro Bono Week by focusing on disaster resiliency in addition to pro bono work around the country. Throughout the week we shared events, resources and highlights of the work being done to help people facing legal challenges post disaster. We are very proud to showcase this work and hope that it will inspire more people to get involved.


To kick off Pro Bono Week, we shared our Press Release thanking our volunteers! Pro Bono Net believes that the power of our innovative technology can help bridge the justice gap by enabling legal organizations to maximize their impact, increasing pro bono involvement, and empowering the public by providing legal assistance and information. Below you will find links to our highlights from the week and additional information. 
 

Ready, Willing & Able: Organizing the Legal Community’s Response to Disasters | A Pro Bono Week Roundtable Discussion

On Wednesday, October 24th, in honor of Pro Bono Week, Pro Bono Net hosted Ready, Willing & Able: Organizing the Legal Community’s Response to Disasters. This roundtable explored various approaches to rapid post-disaster mobilization of legal volunteers from the 2017 major disasters. Read More

 

DisasterLegalAid.org Advocacy Center | Pro Bono Week

Volunteer attorneys make a big difference in the lives of disaster survivors. In order to help those volunteers with their work, Pro Bono Net partners with organizations around the US and its territories to develop resources, tools, and networks to better prepare and facilitate volunteering. This year, Pro Bono Net and Lone Star Legal Aid developed a new Advocacy Center for DisasterLegalAid.org to help address a nationwide need to network public interest legal advocates working on disaster legal aid and share advocacy resources and tools across regions. Read More

 

Pro Bono Net Joins Dentsu Aegis Network for an IdeaJam to Connect Disaster Survivors with Free Legal Help

This month, Pro Bono Net joined Dentsu Aegis Network, a global marketing communications network, for a 2-day event titled IdeaJam Hackathon, to mark the beginning of a media campaign for disaster survivors and pro bono attorneys. Participants, divided into teams, were encouraged to consider two questions: “how do we get legal information into the hands of disaster survivors?” and “how can we recruit and keep pro bono attorneys engaged in disaster relief work?” Pro Bono Net’s Disaster Response Legal Fellow, Jeanne Ortiz, presented alongside Eve Runyon, Pro Bono Institute’s President & CEO, on the legal challenges low-income individuals and families are most likely to face in the wake of a disaster.


An Interview with Betty Balli Torres, Pro Bono Net Board of Directors | A Pro Bono Week Exclusive

Betty Balli Torres, a board member of Pro Bono Net, and Executive Director of Texas Access to Justice Foundation, visited a detention facility in Conroe, Texas, on an information gathering visit with other industry professionals. She was kind enough to share her experience with us. “I was only there for an hour, and I will never be the same."


Pro Bono Net Volunteer Advocate Tools and Resources

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need. We would like to highlight the resources from Pro Bono Net and others to help volunteer attorneys and legal professionals with their work. 


#STANDWITHIMMIGRANTS Campaign

#STANDWITHIMMIGRANTS is a national campaign to connect lawyers, mental health professionals, translators, interpreters and others ready to use their skills to protect the rights of immigrants, to expert training, advocacy, volunteer opportunities and support. Nearly 11 million of our friends and neighbors are at risk of deportation, and the number is growing every day. Join the fight to stand up for our neighbors, keep families and communities together, and protect our basic legal rights by taking the pledge today.

 

 


American Bar Association President Bob Carlson Welcomes You to the
2018 10th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono

ABA's Young Lawyers Division Articles
Celebrate Pro Bono by Helping Those Affected by Disasters
How to Prepare Yourself to Assist Disaster Victims

 

More Info
ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Events Map 2018
About National Celebrate Pro Bono Week
 
 


Pro Bono Net Events


In-House Counsel Pro Bono: Challenges, Best Practices, and Opportunities for Engagement
FREE Online One-Hour Briefing | CLE Credit Available | Recording Available

This week Practising Law Institute (PLI) and Pro Bono Net (PBN) joined together to bring you an online briefing on In-House Counsel Pro Bono, moderated by PBN's Pro Bono and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Jessica Penkoff. An expert panel discussed challenges and opportunities for engaging in-house counsel in pro bono work.  Attorneys from different parts of the pro bono community – an in-house corporate attorney, the pro bono counsel for an AmLaw 100 firm, and the Corporate Engagement Counsel for a nonprofit that regularly works with in-house counsel – shared their perspectives. 


Ready, Willing & Able: Organizing the Legal Community’s Response to Disasters
FREE Online Roundtable | Recording Available

In honor of Pro Bono Week, Pro Bono Net hosted a roundtable that explored various approaches to rapid post-disaster mobilization of legal volunteers from the 2017 major disasters. The Disaster Legal Aid 2018 Roundtable Series is an opportunity to discuss the work and challenges associated with legal issues in the aftermath of the 2017 & 2018 natural disasters, and to aid programs in preparing for future events. They are hosted by Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid and the Legal Services Corporation, along with leading programs and subject matter experts in the area of disaster response.

 

 


Interested in volunteering?  Check out our "Volunteer Tools" page to learn about the range of resources we have at Pro Bono Net to help mobilize and engage pro bono volunteers, or start searching for opportunities right now by using our national Pro Bono Opportunities Guide!

 

Enjoy reading our volunteer profiles? Want to learn more? Check out our Featured Volunteers and last's year's Volunteer-a-Day Pro Bono Week Initiative. 

Pro Bono Net's Featured Volunteers

Each quarter Pro Bono Net showcases pro bono work by volunteers and organizations though our Featured Volunteers profiles.  These profiles are submitted to us by our legal services and pro bono community partners, across our statewide, regional and international site networks. To learn more about our current and previous volunteer profiles visit our Featured Volunteers page!

Pro Bono Week 2017: Volunteer-a-Day Initiative

In 2017 we celebrated Pro Bono Week through a special Volunteer-a-Day Initiative which showcased a new volunteer profile to our national community for each day of Pro Bono Week. Come check out our 2017 volunteers!

 


Once again we wish to thank all of the volunteers that continue to make our mission of increasing access to justice a reality.

 

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Watch our video celebrating our 15th anniversary and learn more about how Pro Bono Net and our partners are bridging the justice gap.

 


Interested in volunteering?  Check out our "Volunteer Tools" page to learn about the range of resources we have at Pro Bono Net to help mobilize and engage pro bono volunteers, or start searching for opportunities right now by using our national Pro Bono Opportunities Guide!

Thanks to PBN Sponsors:

  • Practising Law Institute
Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

Jellisa Joseph, Esq.,
Closing the Gap 

Ms. Joseph is a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Closing the Gap program. She began volunteering with Closing the Gap at the commencement of this year and has assisted unrepresented litigants almost each month thereafter. Read More

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