National Pro Bono Week Marked by Nearly 600 Events
Posted Nov 6, 2009 11:05 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Nearly 600 events marked the first-ever National Pro Bono Celebration week sponsored by the ABA.
Mark Schickman, chair of the celebration week that began on Oct. 25, said in a press release that he was pleased with the response. “Throughout the country, law firms hosted events to recruit more lawyers to take on pro bono projects, state and local bar associations offered legal clinics, and law schools presented discussions on such topics as domestic violence and bankruptcy,” he said.
The week ended with recognition by President Obama, who wrote a letter praising pro bono lawyers. “Pro bono lawyers work tirelessly to break down barriers to opportunity and justice, volunteering countless hours to provide critical legal services to our most vulnerable citizens,” the letter said.
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