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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...

Asylum: It Should Not Be This Hard - Pro Bono Victory in Artesia

Andres Benach writes : "At a time of year when we honor togetherness and fresh starts, we are comforted to know that Benach Ragland clients, Kira and her four-year-old son Ricky, have finally been granted asylum and are reunited with their husband/father, Andre, here in the United States.* This...

Fighting to #EndFamilyDetention - Laura Lichter, AILA Leadership Blog

"I was on a flight to San Antonio Sunday morning and a short while after that was making my way across open farmland to Dilley, Texas, about an hour and half southeast. For this week, I’ll be heading up a team of legal volunteers for CARA at the euphemistically named “South Texas Family...

Attorneys, Law Students Train for Pro Bono Asylum Cases for Detained Refugee Moms, Kids in Texas

"For the mothers and children detained at an immigrant facility in Karnes County, about 100 miles south of Austin, their best chance for release is to find attorneys willing to represent them pro bono. And in turn, the lawyers willing to take on these cases need specific training. So this week at...

Q&A With Fried Frank's Karen Grisez

" Karen T. Grisez is public service counsel in Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Washington , D.C., office. She manages the office’s pro bono program and provides supervision and direct representation to pro bono clients in immigration cases, as well as in traditional poverty...

Virginia Raymond - Pro Bono Champion

"Five years ago, Virginia Raymond was teaching Mexican-American studies at the University of Texas at Austin while also directing an oral history project on the death penalty. Although she was a licensed attorney, she was not actively practicing law. That all changed in 2012, when she offered to...

Equal Justice Means Equal Access to Justice for All

By James P. DeAngelo Despite pop culture's depictions of lawyers as fast-talking, Armani-wearing, by-the-hour charging predators, many good-hearted lawyers are performing extraordinary public service magic all over Central Pennsylvania. We are often the friend behind the victimized, walking...

Jones Day Leads Immigration Pro Bono Push for Refugee Kids, Moms

Stephen J. Brogan, Oct. 2015 - "A relatively recent study found that 75 percent of represented children were granted the right to remain in the United States as compared to 15 percent of unrepresented children. Since these children are usually in the custody of adults who are themselves illegal...

Unpub. BIA PSG (Pro Bono) Asylum Victory - Honduran Journalist

Hats off to Kramer Levin pro bono attorney Marsha Sukach , volunteering for the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project , who scored this ' particular social group ' asylum win on appeal: "[W]e conclude that the respondent has demonstrated he suffered past persecution on account of his membership...