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...

First Class Action Filed On Behalf Of Detained Immigrants With Mental Disabilities

LOS ANGELES - The nation's first class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees with severe mental disabilities was filed Aug. 2 by a coalition of legal organizations led by Public Counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP ( Jose Antonio...

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...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – November 15, 2010

USCIS Alert on Religious-Worker Concurrent Filing Beginning November 8, 2010, USCIS will no longer accept any I-485 applications, as well as I-765 and I-131 applications, filed concurrently with or based on pending I-360 petitions from individuals seeking classification as special-immigrant religious...

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...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – March 15, 2011

USCIS Proposes New H-1B Process USCIS has issued a proposed rule that would require employers seeking to bring in an H-1B worker subject to a cap to register electronically with USCIS during a set period before the start of the filing period. The proposed changes will affect both petitions subject...

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...

KIND Attorney of the Month: Bill Ecenbarger, helped gain status for young girl from Guinea

"Seventeen-year-old Jeannette, from Guinea, struggled to find legal assistance to help her make her case for U.S. protection. She was scared to return to her home country but could not find a lawyer to help her. She was in despair, trying to accept the fact that without the ability to make her...

Pro Bono Training on Immigration Court Representation; New Orleans, Feb. 1, 2012

"The ABA Section of Litigation’s Immigration Litigation Committee and the ABA Commission on Immigration are sponsoring Pro Bono Training: The Essentials of Immigration Court Representation [PDF] on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...

Pro bono attorneys to the rescue in emergency Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases

"With time running short for two KIND clients, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Jon Janow volunteered to help. Jon's clients – Alberto and Carolina, both from Central America – were children who were on the verge of ageing out of eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status...

Tiana Butcher, KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Month

"Tiana Butcher, an associate in Nixon Peabody's Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, first learned about Noel shortly after she began working in the firm's Washington, DC office. She was told that two colleagues needed help on a case. Tiana was moved after hearing...

KIND Pro Bono Hero: Enrique Longton

"Enrique Longton, an associate at Covington & Burling's Washington, D.C. office, ... volunteered to represent two young siblings from El Salvador, who had been abandoned by their mother and left at the Texas border to fend for themselves. Enrique is being honored as KIND's PBA...

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...

KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Month: Stacey Hsiang Chun Wang

"Los Angeles-based Holland & Knight litigation associate Stacey Hsiang Chun Wang is a KIND pro bono attorney and human rights advocate. Through her pro bono work, she has specialized primarily in handling cases involving human trafficking victims from China. Utilizing her language skills to...

Report: Having a Lawyer Makes a Big Difference in Immigration Appeals

"The following evaluation seeks to measure the impact of the Project more than a decade after its inception. Specifically, the evaluation assesses the Project’s success in matching unrepresented respondents with pro bono counsel and whether the involvement of such attorneys and other representatives...

Kermit Lowery of LexisNexis Receives ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award

Recognized for Leadership in Providing Legal Services to Disadvantaged in Greater Dayton, OH Area August 11, 2014 — NEW YORK - Kermit Lowery, a vice president and assistant general counsel at LexisNexis Legal & Professional , received the American Bar Association's 2014 Pro Bono Publico...

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule: List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

"This rule proposes to amend 8 CFR parts 1003, 1240, and 1241 by changing the name of the “List of Free Legal Services Providers” to the “List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers.” The rule also would enhance the eligibility requirements for organizations, private attorneys...

EOIR Proposed Rule: List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers in Immigration Proceedings

"This rule proposes to amend 8 CFR parts 1003, 1240, and 1241 by changing the name of the ‘‘List of Free Legal Services Providers’’ to the ‘‘List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers.’’ The rule also would enhance the eligibility requirements for organizations...

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

"In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally. Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly...

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel

"Inside a courthouse in downtown Manhattan, an immigration court crisis plays out in vivid scenes. Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them in a foreign language through an interpreter. And the children at the center of it all...

Lawyers Who Lead - Lenni B. Benson

"When unaccompanied children crossing the border to flee violence in Central America became a media firestorm this spring, Lenni Benson knew all too well the legal hurdles that faced them. The Arizona native began working on the issue soon after graduating from law school in 1983. Then, in 2006...