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February 15, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (Part Four)

The PBEye recently provided a preview of the public interest organizations that will be featured during the Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (February 22, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.) at the 2018 PBI Annual Conference.

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to mingle, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop new pro bono initiatives.  We are excited to conclude our preview with these additional hosts:

Click here for a current list of all host organizations. We hope to see you next week!

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

February 1, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (Part Three)

Have you heard? Our 2018 Annual Conference is right around the corner! The PBEye recently provided a preview of the public interest organizations that will be hosting tables and ready to mix and mingle with attendees during the Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (February 22, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.).

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide valuable insights into cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to make connections, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop impactful new pro bono initiatives.  We are excited to continue our preview of this year’s EXPO hosts. Meet and connect with these table hosts:

Make sure to check The PBEye in the coming weeks for more table hosts!

Don’t miss your last chance to save hundreds of dollars on regular registration rates before they increase tomorrow. Register today! If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

January 18, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (Part Two)

The PBEye recently provided a preview of the public interest organizations that will be featured during the Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (February 22, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the 2018 PBI Annual Conference.

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to mingle, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop new pro bono initiatives.  We are excited to continue our preview of this year’s sneak peek. Additional table hosts include:

Make sure to check back over the coming weeks for additional table hosts!

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

January 4, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour

Want to network with leaders from legal services and public interest organizations? The 2018 PBI Annual Conference will be here before we know it and we are excited to provide a preview of this year’s Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour.

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to mingle, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop new pro bono initiatives.  Table hosts include:

Check back for additional table hosts over the coming weeks!

This year’s EXPO and Happy Hour will take place from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on February 22. We hope to see you there!

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

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.

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 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 5, 2017

Ferguson, Fines, and Fees

Check out our most recent webinar produced in partnership with West LegalEdcenter, Ferguson, Fines, and Fees, to explore inspiring developments in the effort to decriminalize poverty and how pro bono lawyers can be of help.  Since the killing of Michael Brown in August 2014, St. Louis and its neighboring municipalities including Ferguson, Missouri, have been frequently cited for legal and moral failings in the region’s municipal justice system, which routinely sends thousands of people to jail because they cannot pay legal fines and fees. Poor and African-American people are disproportionately affected. The events in Ferguson, Missouri shined a spotlight on the use of local courts, jails, and police forces to generate millions of dollars in profits off the backs of our most impoverished citizens, including juveniles.  These practices devastate individuals and communities, while creating cultures of fear and resentment.

The costs associated with being a low-income offender can be overwhelming, as many states and localities charge fees and surcharges to fund the criminal justice system at every step of the process, from the courtroom to jail to probation. These may include fees for public defenders, jail fees, court administrative fees, prosecution fees, probation fees, parole fees, and more. Failure to pay these “poverty penalties” can lead to additional prison sentences or other consequences, such as the inability to obtain a driver’s license, that pose barriers to successfully re-entering society.

You’ll hear from:

  • Lisa Borden, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz*
  • Katherine Hubbard, Civil Rights Corps
  • Sonia Murphy, White & Case*
  • Sara Totonchi, Southern Center for Human Rights

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

*  denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

†  denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

September 14, 2017

Pro Bono Happy Hour Podcast, Special Edition: DACA

PBI recently released a special edition of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, in response to the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President and CEO Eve Runyon also released a statement about PBI’s support for our stakeholders who are providing legal assistance to DACA recipients and other immigrants.

In this episode, we talk with Chris Marquardt of Alston & Bird*†, David March of the Minnesota Corporate Pro Bono Council, and Liz Markuci of Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) about the impacts the cancellation of DACA will have on immigrant communities and their own personal experiences and reflections. They also offer meaningful ways that pro bono attorneys can get involved and be of assistance right now. Take 35 minutes to listen to our conversation.

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.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

 

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