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March 27, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday

Need listening material for when the April showers hit? Tune in to the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, and learn about exciting and meaningful developments in the world of law firm pro bono and access to justice.

Don’t miss our latest episode featuring Patrick Arenz of Robins Kaplan*†. Patrick talks to us about his career, chairing the firm’s Pro Bono Committee; a new trial advocacy initiative to support survivors of domestic abuse while promoting lawyer professional development and mentorship, and more.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? We’d appreciate feedback and it would help make it easier for others to find the show and expand the conversation about access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen along 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.

Want to learn more about the world of in-house pro bono? Check out Corporate Pro Bono’s podcast, the CLO & Pro Bono Series, which features Chief Legal Officers discussing the importance of pro bono and access to justice.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Signatory
† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member

 

March 6, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: Get to Know Our Speakers – Part 2

The 2017 PBI Annual Conference is only a few days away! Need some listening material while you pack? Tune in to our most recent episode, Ready, Set, Go! 2017 PBI Annual Conference Preview. During this special episode, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project discusses what’s new this year, opportunities for networking, cutting-edge issues that will be featured, and more.

Interested in learning more about our speakers as you prepare to attend?  Since the Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched our podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, in October 2015, we have had the opportunity to feature a variety of guests from law firms and public interest organizations; many of whom will be speakers at the Conference.

Check out these episodes with public interest and law firm pro bono leaders who will be facilitating Conference Sessions:

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for others to find the show and expand the conversation about access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our 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

October 17, 2016

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday

coverNeed an alternative to Monday Night Football? Tune in to the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, and learn about exciting and meaningful developments in the world of law firm pro bono and access to justice.

Don’t miss our recent interview with Ken Manaster, professor emeritus at Santa Clara Law, senior counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman*, and co-author of the new book, “Pro Bono Practice & Legal Ethics.” In addition to discussing his book, Ken talks to about his experience as a young lawyer working with Chicago attorney (and later Supreme Court Justice) John Paul Stevens on an investigation in to corruption in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? Leave a review by October 31 and you will be entered into our podcast review contest. Winners will be announced on the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

Listen along 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.

Want to learn more about the world of in-house pro bono? Check out Corporate Pro Bono’s podcast, the CLO & Pro Bono Series, which features Chief Legal Officers discussing the importance of pro bono and access to justice.

* denotes a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®

 

September 29, 2016

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Pro Bono Happy Hour

anni-3On October 1, 2015, PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched the Pro Bono Happy Hour, a weekly podcast offering a smart, fresh, creative take on pro bono and featuring lively conversations about law firm pro bono, news, and best practices.

Since the podcast’s inception, we have interviewed insightful and entertaining expert guests from Law Firm Project member firms and Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories.  Law firms featured on our podcast include:

  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Blank Rome
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Crowley Fleck
  • Day Pitney
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Fenwick & West
  • Fredrikson & Byron
  • Hunton & Williams
  • K&L Gates
  • Katten Muchin & Rosenman
  • Kaye Scholer
  • King and Spalding
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Mayer Brown
  • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Sidley Austin
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
  • Troutman Sanders

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? Leave a review by October 31 and you will be entered into our podcast review contest. Winners will be announced on the show. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here. Celebrate our paper anniversary and join the conversation today!

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

 

August 11, 2016

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late To Save!

pbi 20Dozens of firms have already become Law Firm Pro Bono Project members for 2016-2017.  These firms have publically demonstrated their leadership and commitment to pro bono service and access to justice, and we are grateful for their support. Submit your firm’s enrollment form before September 1 to receive a 10% discount.

As a member firm, you will have exclusive access to resources to help ensure the health and vitality of your pro bono program, such as expert consultative services; discounted registration for every individual attending the PBI Annual Conference; free access to live webinars and on-demand programming with our network of experts; and access to the Project’s members-only section of our Resource Clearinghouse, which is a one stop destination for publications, best practices, model policies, and other materials related to law firm pro bono.

Check out our member benefits page for more details on these and other valuable benefits.  Please contact Law Firm Project Assistant Elysse DeRita, if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming your law firm as a member soon!

June 3, 2016

The PBEye Salutes Solicitor General Donald Verrilli

After five years as Solicitor General of the United States, Donald Verrilli will be stepping down from verrillithe position. Verrilli is well known not only as a gifted orator but a staunch advocate for pro bono. PBI was honored to have him join us at the 2015 PBI Annual Conference to discuss his passion for access to justice and his hopes for the future of pro bono.

When asked about whether he advises others to share his personal goal of spending at least 10 percent of his hours on pro bono matters he said:

The way it looks to me now . . . is we are living in a nation in which the gap between the wealthy and everyone else just keeps growing wider and wider, and income inequality and wealth inequality are becoming more and more serious problems. It’s true in the economy generally, it’s true in the country generally, and it’s also true in the legal profession. I just think that’s a reality that all of us in this profession should face up to, that there are these very real market pressures, I get that, but it’s not just that the poor can’t afford basic legal services anymore, it’s that the middle class can’t afford basic legal services anymore.

The PBEye would like to take this opportunity to thank Donald Verrilli for his service and his unwavering commitment to equal access to justice for all.

May 30, 2016

We Honor Those Who Serve

Veterans Day: Pro Bono to Honor Those Who ServeToday, we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the military. We are grateful to them and their families for their sacrifices and their service.

The holiday is a poignant reminder that providing pro bono assistance to eligible veterans is a unique opportunity for lawyers to exercise our patriotic duty and in some small way help repay those who served our country.

March 9, 2016

The State of Pro Bono Around the World, and New Global Resources

The 2016 PBI Annual Conference will offer many new and compelling sessions, including a timely discussion addressing global pro bono and possible obstacles to participation. The State of Pro Bono Around the World (Thursday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) will explore global pro bono practices, including differences in delivery structures, practice rules, national and local legal cultures, and the need for and availability of pro bono matters. Included in the discussion will be two soon-to-be-released resources:

  • the 2016 edition of the Latham & Watkins*† Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities, and
  • the new Global Due Diligence Manual.

We hope to see you at the session!

* denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®
† denotes a Member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project

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March 4, 2016

Celebrating Women’s History Month with an Access to Justice Pioneer


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March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to the many achievements and contributions of women throughout American history, including women in the legal profession. Among the women to have pioneered access to justice in law is Clara Shortridge Foltz, a once-celebrated but now largely forgotten public servant. Foltz was the first woman on the Pacific Coast to pass the bar after first lobbying the California legislature to change a legal code that allowed only white males to become lawyers.

Foltz had a successful corporate practice and also represented many indigent defendants in criminal trials where she witnessed rampant prosecutorial misconduct and incompetent defense representation.  Her experiences sparked an idea for a public defender’s office to balance the office of the prosecution, and, in 1983, she proposed a model public defender bill which was subsequently adopted in California and 30 other states. The Foltz Public Defender Bill served as a blueprint for the system that now exists nationwide.

Foltz also dedicated much of her life to women’s rights and was a leader in the women’s movement. She devoted her time to making the study of law easier for women, forming the Portia Law Club which provided pro bono legal training for women and prepared women for the bar examination.

Foltz gave many public speeches on the importance of voting rights and equal opportunity, even appearing at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to speak about legal reform. This inspirational woman was a pioneer for women’s rights in the field of law and helped make legal services for indigent communities more affordable and accessible. Her life of public service deserves a moment to be remembered this March.

Who is your favorite female pioneer for access to justice? Share their stories below!

 

Hat tip to PBI Intern Maria Vlasie for her assistance with this post.

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

The PBEye is taking some much needed turkey time this week.  We have a lot to be thankful for this year—including all of PBI’s friends, colleagues, and supporters and their continued commitment to pro bono.  Leave us a comment below and let us know what you are thankful for!

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