Pro Bono

520 ABA Journal Pro Bono articles.

Working from home? ABA Free Legal Answers offers pro bono opportunities
As more attorneys are working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ABA Free Legal Answers offers one way to do pro bono and avoid cabin fever at the same time.
Video teleconference program for immigrant children ‘is contrary to the American pursuit of justice,’ ABA says
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez joined leaders from Kids in Need of Defense on Wednesday in condemning a new pilot program at the Houston Immigration Court that requires all cases involving unaccompanied immigrant children to be heard via video teleconference.
7 ways lawyers can join the fight to curb climate change

There are two paths lawyers can take in response to the crisis. We can mutter, “We’re screwed,” and go back to practicing law and living high-carbon lifestyles. Or we can devote time and resources to help ensure a livable future, says lawyer Matthew Metz.

‘The personal attacks on our judges and prosecutors must cease,’ says ABA president
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez reminded the House of Delegates at the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Monday that Americans of all different backgrounds are paying more attention to issues of justice.
An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech

The Technology Initiative Grant Program awards regional LSC offices money for creating technology plans that help low-income people with their legal needs.

ABA groups are working to promote and increase medical-legal partnerships
Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’

LaToya Bell, an assistant public defender in Houston County in Georgia, a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, handles as many as 200 to 250 cases at any time involving misdemeanors and traffic offenses in state court. She has earned her own reputation for being hopeful for her clients—hopeful not only that justice is served, but that she can in some way improve their lives.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer can’t avoid pro bono appointment, AG Barr wants Apple to unlock gunman’s iPhones

Lawyer appointed to pro bono case can’t avoid representation, federal judge rules

A Connecticut lawyer appointed as pro bono counsel in a prisoner’s civil rights case doesn’t qualify for an…

Meet 11 ABA members who inspired us in 2019
Members Who Inspire is an ABA Journal series profiling exceptional ABA members. This past year, we featured many in the legal field who are doing good work and paying it forward, including pro bono for veterans, fighting for prisoners' rights, and promoting literacy and advancing diversity.
Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2019

The Your Voice columns of 2019 that we found most impactful were the ones that dug deeper, got personal and exposed the human side of the profession, and justice, itself—and sometimes they included a little humor, too.

Afternoon Briefs: Missing ex-associate died in crash; Harvey Weinstein says his work has been forgotten

Missing ex-Littler associate died in a car crash

A former Littler Mendelson associate who was reported missing had died in a car crash, police in Georgia announced Friday. Demetrice Allen’s…

Diversity in the legal tech community has been slow but steady

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, the ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea talks to Kristen Sonday of Paladin, a platform that helps organizations manage, staff and track pro bono efforts, about the slowly growing diversity in legal tech.

Pro bono inspired a survivor of domestic violence to go to law school

As a 3L, Alyssa Leader says she runs a constant mental countdown of weeks to finals, weeks to graduation, weeks to the bar exam, weeks to test results, weeks until she can say she is someone she never would have been if not for David, a lawyer.

Looking to volunteer? National Celebration of Pro Bono is next week

DC Pro Bono Week coincides with the National Celebration of Pro Bono, held Oct. 20-26 this year. The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service created the annual celebration in 2009 to draw attention to the need for pro bono and to show appreciation for the attorneys who volunteer their time throughout the year.

Do you or your firm have activities planned for the National Celebration of Pro Bono?

Pro bono work can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life for a lawyer.

ABA Model Rule 6.1 says: “Every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or professional…

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