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January 11, 2018

Conference Sneak Peek: Pro Bono in the UK

The 2018 PBI Annual Conference is next month and one of this year’s highlights is a session about pro bono and legal needs in the United Kingdom.

Pro Bono in the UK is designed for law firm attendees who are interested in how to get their UK lawyers involved in pro bono. Join us on February 21, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., to discuss pro bono opportunities in the United Kingdom. Curious about Brexit?  Vaguely familiar with the Collaborative Plan?  Concerned about legal aid funding in the UK and what that means for unmet legal needs and priorities? This session will explore these questions and more! We are grateful to our panel of experts who will be sharing their experiences and expertise:

Interested in learning more?  Check out episodes of the Pro Bono Happy Hour, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast; featuring guests from across the pond:  Rebecca Naylor of Reed Smith*† and Nic Patrick of DLA Piper*†. You can subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in Apple Podcasts and links to all of the episodes can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

January 8, 2018

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: Eye of the Storm

Native Houstonian and podcast all-star Ellyn Josef of Vinson & Elkins* joins us this week on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to share her experience and discuss pro bono efforts around Hurricane Harvey. Ellyn describes how the pro bono community prepared for the storm, the importance of collaboration with other firms and legal aid organizations during a crisis, and how the technology they utilized to organize airport lawyering to address the Muslim travel ban was applied to their response to the hurricane. Spend 25 minutes and hear about Ellyn’s compelling experiences during one of the costliest natural disasters in United States history.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

December 7, 2017

Justice for Juveniles Serving Life without Parole

In January 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles must be applied retroactively, granting new chances at release for hundreds of inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed in their youth.  The opinion indicated that life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders should be exceedingly rare and gave states two options: resentencing the affected prisoners or making them eligible for parole. At the time of the decision, there were more than 2,500 people (concentrated in California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania) serving sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed when they were not yet 18. Many of them automatically received those sentences, without individualized consideration of their youth and other factors.  How can pro bono lawyers get involved and be of assistance?

Join us on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:00 PM EST for our upcoming webinar on the subject, produced in partnership with West LegalEdcenter, Pro Bono in Practice: Juvenile Life without Parole.

You’ll hear from experts:

  • Heather Renwick, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
  • Whitney Untiedt, Akerman

CLE credit is available in many jurisdictions. The program is available for free for Law Firm Pro Bono Project Member Law Firms as a member benefit. Please contact Law Firm Pro Bono Project Assistant Elysse DeRita for assistance accessing the program.

For additional background and first-hand experiences representing juvenile lifers, check out our interviews with Whitney Untiedt, Valentine Brown, and Hayes Hunt on the Pro Bono Happy Hour, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast. Among other things, they discuss their meaningful work to ensure access to justice for “juvenile lifers.” You can subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in Apple Podcasts and links to all of the episodes can be found here.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

November 20, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Ericka Garcia

Ericka GarciaThe Florida Bar Foundation’s director of pro bono partnerships, joins us this week on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to discuss her passion for legal aid, the innovative new projects the Foundation is undertaking, and how access to justice is a major issue for urban and rural residents throughout the state. Ericka was introduced to legal aid as a teenager when she served as a volunteer translator.  That formative experience, among others, motivated her to become a legal aid attorney and an advocate for children with developmental disabilities. Her role at the Foundation is unique: she is as a hub for pro bono efforts by law firms, legal departments, and nonprofit and legal services organizations across Florida. Recently, the Foundation turned its focus to technological solutions to make the placement of pro bono matters more efficient, culminating in the creation of a statewide portal: “Florida Pro Bono Matters.” Take 35 minutes to listen to our inspiring conversation with Ericka about the innovative ways technology can extend the reach of pro bono lawyers, her involvement in the legal response to Hurricane Irma, resources available to pro bono lawyers, and more.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

November 13, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Jacqui MacLennan & Lou O’Neill

This week, Jacquelyn MacLennan and Louis O’Neill of White & Case*† join PBI on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to discuss leading the firm’s global practice group and using a “closed feedback loop” to keep pro bono lawyers informed about the impact of their work and inspire others to join them. Lou and Jacqui share management tips and describe examples of meaningful pro bono projects, such as debt-for-nature swaps and advocacy efforts to promote education and women’s rights. White & Case recently hosted a unique gathering in New York City in connection with the UN General Assembly to foster collaboration among private sector and pro bono leaders to promote its Sustainable Development Goals, with special focus on Goal 16.3, whereby signatories pledge to: “Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.” Take 60 minutes to listen to our conversation with Jacqui and Lou describe how the firm promotes pro bono in each of its offices around the world.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

November 6, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Andrew LeGrand

This week, Andrew LeGrand of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher*† joins PBI on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to share his views on empowering self-represented litigants and supporting “civil Gideon” for litigants facing more complex matters. He is inspired by the leaders of the civil rights movement and sees the law as the “most potent mechanism to affect social change.” Tapping into his network from his time as a clerk, Andrew helped build an informal pro bono appellate program at the firm with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Take 40 minutes to listen to our conversation with Andrew and be inspired to make time for pro bono.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

October 30, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Amy Barasch

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this week on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, we are joined by Amy Barasch of Her Justice. Amy describes their “pro bono first” model; how Her Justice provides specialized support to pro bono attorneys; and the challenges faced by women who experience intimate partner violence, including issues related to divorce, immigration, and poverty. She also discusses Her Justice’s externship program with law firms and how one extern established an important precedent. Take 40 minutes to listen to our conversation with Amy Barasch about the crucial role of pro bono in empowering survivors of intimate partner violence.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

October 23, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Mary Gay Scanlon

Mary Gay Scanlon of Ballard Spahr*† joins PBI on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to explore how she connects lawyers with pro bono opportunities tailored to their interests, motivates attorneys with a sticker incentive program and alerts, and how the firm’s upcoming merger with Lindquist & Vennum will reinforce both firms’ strong commitments to pro bono. Mary Gay also discusses the increase in immigration-related pro bono since January, pro bono efforts to promote access to nutritious food, broadcasting leadership’s pro bono work throughout the firm, and cultivating a mindfulness practice to reduce stress. Take 55 minutes to listen to our conversation with Mary Gay about the transformational power of pro bono.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

October 16, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with Eliza Vorenberg

Eliza Vorenberg from the Roger Williams University School of Law joins us on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to explore her career, the Pro Bono Collaborative, which connects law firms, attorneys, and law students to community organizations that need pro bono legal services, and the access to justice culture in Rhode Island. We also discuss the wide variety of law student pro bono opportunities; the role of volunteer attorney mentors: expungement clinics; providing civil legal advice to individuals in a medium security prison and tax assistance clinics for low-income residents; and more. Take 50 minutes to listen to our conversation with Eliza about inculcating the spirit of pro bono service in every law student and motivating them to use their unique legal skills and training for the benefit of others.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for other listeners to find the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

October 9, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: A Conversation with BJ Jensen

BJ Jensen of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison*† joins us on the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, to discuss his role as the firm’s first Pro Bono Associate, the firm’s pro bono work for immigrants, transgender clients, and more. He describes how he infuses emails with the personal relationships he’s built throughout the firm to better recruit volunteers to staff pro bono matters. BJ also discusses how the firm leadership’s deep commitment to pro bono encouraged them to quickly mobilize in response to January’s travel ban and engage in meaningful “airport advocacy.” Take 45 minutes to listen to our conversation with BJ about his dream that everyone everywhere has access to a lawyer.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts and be sure to leave a review! We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help us expand the conversation about pro bono and access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen and let us know what you think. Send your comments, thoughts, feedback, questions, and suggestions to probono@probonoinst.org. Be warned: we might just read them on the air.

 

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

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