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Public Interest Law Fellowships

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Interest Law Initiative's (PILI) Graduate Fellowship Program Through its Graduate Fellowship Program, PILI offers new law school graduates who have already received an offer from a law firm the opportunity to work 300 hours during the summer after...

The Business Case for Pro Bono

It's a widely accepted idea that pro bono is good for the helper as well as the helped. If associates are working 2,200+ hours per year, it's important for the associates and their firms to remember that everyone will be better off if some of that is pro bono. Associates learn a skill-set...

Pro Bono Work: Come Share Your Experiences & Register for a Webinar

Martindale-Hubbell Connected will be hosting its Pro Bono event during the last two weeks of April, coinciding with National Volunteer Week, which takes place April 18-24. Our Alliance Partner, Pro Bono Net , will host the event in their group on Connected. Event highlights will include a webinar, "Pro...

Reconsidering the Metrics for Pro Bono Work

It should come as no surprise that in a year when many firms scrambled to find clients to bill, the number of unbilled pro bono hours worked by law firm associates went up-way up. In a new article in The National Law Journal , professors Scott Cummings of UCLA Law School and Deborah Rhode of Stanford...

New Online System Connects Pro Bono Legal Professionals

Free resource on IllinoisProBono.org makes pro bono work more accessible, efficient and effective for both attorneys and clients. Legal professionals across Illinois can now easily find help with pro bono cases thanks to the Pro Bono Case Pairing and Mentor Matching System, an innovative new resource...

Alternative & Pro Bono Career Exploration

If an alternative legal career is your goal, or you are looking for pro bono opportunities in order to add legal experience to your resume, this webcast provides advice for finding those positions. Editor and Publisher of the ABA Journal, Edward Adams and President & CEO of the Pro Bono Institute...

Pro Bono Commitment: Lawyers Motivated by Personal Fulfillment to Use Their Skills for the Public Good

Survey Conducted by LexisNexis and Pro Bono Net Finds Lawyers Motivated by Personal Fulfillment to Use Their Skills for the Public Good March 29, 2011 - NEW YORK - LexisNexis ( www.lexisnexis.com ) and Pro Bono Net ( http://www.probono.net/ ) today announced the results of a new study indicating that...

The Justice Gap: Mandatory Pro Bono

In 2006, the state Supreme Court of Mississippi established a Mississippi Access to Justice Commission to investigate and recommend ways to address the "justice gap" in Mississippi. The Commission held hearings on the unmet needs of low-income citizens of Mississippi, and the resulting 2010...

Mandatory Pro Bono: Pros and Cons

Recently in my last post, Access to Justice: Mandatory Pro Bono I addressed the Mississippi Supreme Court's implementation of mandatory pro bono, and the anger that resulted among members of the state bar. Why does mandatory pro bono bring out such ire in members of the bar? The comments on the...

Mandatory Pro Bono: Changing the Culture of Law

In Mandatory Pro Bono: Pros and Cons , I addressed the Mississippi Supreme Court's implementation of mandatory pro bono, and the anger that resulted among members of the state bar. Lawyers made constitutional, moral, and practical arguments in opposition to the move. Despite these arguments, the...

Americans Face Widening “Justice Gap”

Last week, the New York Times published an editorial lamenting the widening "justice gap" and the lack of quality legal services available to low-income individuals. The article makes many valid observations, including the fact that the Legal Services Corporation, a government-funded organization...

A Time for Giving: Take on a Meaningful Pro Bono Project

As lawyers, one of the best ways to give back is through pro bono work. And in taking on meaningful pro bono projects, you may find that you are doing some of the most significant work of your life. (My friend Bill Colby comes to mind. Early in his career, he took on a pro bono case, Cruzan v. Missouri...