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For Immediate Release
Contacts:       Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net
Phone: (212) 760-2554 x485 Email: pweisz@probono.net
Pro Bono Net Salutes Volunteer Lawyers in Recognition of National Volunteer Week
NEW YORK (April 19, 2010) – In honor of National Volunteer Week 2010 “Celebrating People in Action,” Pro Bono Net recognizes the thousands of volunteer lawyers who each year help those struggling with potentially overwhelming legal problems. National Volunteer Week takes place April 18-24.
“There is tremendous unmet need for high-quality, free legal services,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net. “Pro bono attorneys are a key factor in helping to meet this need and deliver on the promise of equal justice. Volunteer Week provides a good opportunity to acknowledge and applaud their efforts.”
Pro Bono Net, with Martindale-Hubbell Connected, will host a webinar on April 22 on "Pro Bono & Your Career" to remind attorneys of the many benefits of doing pro bono work.
Millions of people face legal problems every year without an attorney, and overstretched legal aid organizations are forced to turn away half of those who come to them seeking help. The legal profession’s strong tradition of pro bono work is often the only hope for people facing civil legal problems.  Some recent examples include:
More than 60,000 attorneys use Pro Bono Net’s online platform, www.probono.net, to find and complete meaningful pro bono work. Pro Bono Net also developed and maintains LawHelp.org, which provides local legal referrals, know-your-rights information and self-help tools to people facing legal problems. 
Sponsored by Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network—the nation’s largest volunteer network—National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with literally thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. And with the one-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the creation of the Volunteer Generation Fund and the resonant call to serve from the President, this year will be even more energizing and inspiring.
Legal professionals wishing to get involved can join Pro Bono Net by signing up at www.probono.net. Attorneys can also search for volunteer opportunities at www.probono.net/volunteer
More information on National Volunteer Week 2010 “Celebrating People in Action” can be found at www.handsonnetwork.org.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through increased volunteer lawyer participation and innovative use of technology. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has created a powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the United States and Canada. This network uses two Web-based platforms—www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org—to recruit and manage volunteers, and to provide legal information and tools for low-income communities and the organizations that serve them. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.
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