How Do You Integrate Pro Bono Into Your Legal Career?

The Need for Pro-Bono Programs at Law Firms

By Legal Solutions Blog

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Lisa Dewey, DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Counsel and Partner since 1999, advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations across the country and around the world. Recently, she spoke about the need for pro bono programs at law firms and DLA Piper’s overall strategy.

Why should law firms (of all sizes) implement a pro bono program?

The obvious answer is that it’s the right thing to do, and it’s our ethical obligation as lawyers. As such, law firms should do everything they can to support pro bono work and, when possible, to create an infrastructure that supports those efforts and the projects that have the most local impact.

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Avvo founder tells lawyers to ‘get rid of UPL’ if they want innovation and access to justice

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By Lorelai Laird | ABA Journal

At the close of the first day of the ABA’s House of Delegates meeting, the House’s Committee on Issues of Concern presented talks that were “intended to be provocative.”

The talks, entitled “Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession” in the day’s program, grew out of the research of the Commission on the Future of Legal Services. That commission was created last year by outgoing ABA president William Hubbard to address the problems created by the rise in pro se litigants, the ongoing lack of court funding and the rise of technology to fill some of those gaps.

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People of Color Travel Stipend Application Now Open for National Lawyers Guild Law for the People Convention in Oakland, Due 9/15

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The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), the National Student Vice Presidents, the Anti-Racism Committee, the Legal Workers Committee, and the National Office (NO) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) are pleased to announce, once again, the availability of travel stipends for those who self-identify as a law student of color, a recent graduate of color, and/or a legal worker of color to attend the annual NLG Law for the People Convention in Oakland (October 21-25). – (Register now on the NLG website).

This year priority will be given to law students, legal workers and recent graduates of color but depending on availability of funds lawyers with a demonstrated financial need will also be considered.

The application deadline is midnight PST on September 15, 2015. Applicants may use the online application. LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Washington State Bar Association Board Seeks Input on Final Report Addressing Governance Task Force Recommendations

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The Board of Governors has completed its year-long review and discussion of the Governance Task Force Recommendations, which were developed through an 18-month, in-depth review of the WSBA’s governance. The Board’s final report is scheduled for adoption at the Sept. 17-18 Board meeting in Seattle.

The Board is seeking comments on the final report. All comments will be included in the public session Board materials and must be received by Sept. 2, 2015. Please email your comments to governance@wsba.org.

Test Your Writing Skills and maybe Win Some $$!

Announcing Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) Conference Writing Competition

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MAPOC is sponsoring a writing competition open to all currently enrolled law students of any level, J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D., at a U.S. law school. Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length and there is a preference for papers related to the conference theme but we will accept papers on other topics as well. Please email submissions (and any questions) to erosser@wcl.american.edu no later than September 15, 2014. The winning submission will receive $300 and travel expenses to attend the Conference. The two runner-ups will receive $100 each.

1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging. Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on January 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy.If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.