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For Immediate Release

Contacts: Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net
Phone: (212) 760-2554 x485 Email: pweisz@probono.net

Natalie Sullivan, Immigration Advocates Network
Phone: (646) 794-3105 Email: nsullivan@immigrationadvocates.org

Immigration Advocates Network Nominated For Best Law Site in the 15th Annual Webby Awards

Fans Can Vote Online to Help IAN Win Internet's Top Honor

New York, April 13, 2010 – Pro Bono Net announced today that the Immigration Advocates Network (www.immigrationadvocates.org) has been nominated for Best Law Site in the 15th Annual Webby Awards. This marks the site’s third Webby nomination.

The Webby Awards is the Internet's most respected symbol of success. The 15th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and over 60 countries worldwide.

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a free national online network that supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants' rights. It was developed by Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice, and 11 leading immigrants’ rights organizations, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

As a nominee, IAN is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 28th, IAN fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at webby.aol.com.

“Immigration is a complex and high stakes area of the law that is affecting communities around the country more than ever before,” said Michele Garnett-McKenzie, Director of Advocacy at The Advocates for Human Rights and chair of the IAN Working Group. “IAN has been transformational, allowing immigration advocates to connect with the experts in this increasingly complex area of law regardless of their financial resources or geographical limitations.”

“We’re very proud to be recognized by The Webby Awards for the third year in a row,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net. “IAN demonstrates how technology can connect and empower a community of people dedicated to a common goal, in this case improving access to justice for low-income immigrants.”

Webby Award winners will be announced on May 3rd and honored at a star-studded ceremony on June 13th where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous five-word speeches.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organization whose members include director Darren Aronofsky, Martha Stewart, Huffington Post Media Group President Arianna Huffington, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, musician David Bowie, and Internet co-creator Vint Cerf, Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson, and R/GA Chairman and CEO Bob Greenberg.

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. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org —to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. For more information, visit www.probono.net.

About Immigration Advocates Network
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication and collaboration among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools for advocates. 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.

About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" 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 and apps. Established in 1996, the 14th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 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: Microsoft Expression; AOL; YouTube; Pepsi; Aquent; Yahoo!; HP; Sony Electronics; .CO; Corbis Images; Rackspace Hosting; Motorola; Southwest Airlines; East Media; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; Museum of the Moving Image; Behance; Business Insider; Time Out New York; paidContent and The Guardian.

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