Want to help build empathy, starting with your own little corner of the world? Pro bono is your best move. You can make a career out of it, develop projects and initiatives to meet every situation, or pave the way for the next generation of lawyers.
Law students have leveraged their legal training to pursue relief for tenants and prisoners confined during the pandemic. While some have worked though their law schools’ clinical programs or local legal aid societies, others have teamed up directly with local attorneys engaged in pro bono
The pandemic has affected people and businesses of all varieties—and pro bono services and legal aid organizations haven’t escaped its devastation. That has exacerbated the justice gap. Eighty-six percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans were handled with inadequate or no legal help,
Remember applying to law school? When are the deadlines? Is it better to apply earlier or later? What’s the LSAT? And what number should I strive for? Remember scouring the internet for guidance? Becca Human, a 2L at Harvard Law School, does.
Pro bono work is work undertaken without charge. It’s shorthand for the longer phrase pro bono publico, which literally means “for the public good.” It’s something the legal profession has always encouraged for many reasons. That’s mostly because it’s the profession’s contribution to the community,
Simply put, we need more productive people to provide more help to more people. If living through this pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we’ve learned how interconnected we truly are. To borrow a line from Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all.”
A tweet during the pandemic resulted in law students and paralegals volunteering more than 2,500 hours of their time for others.
Eight in ten. Eight out of every ten criminal defendants across the country are indigent. Similarly, each year more than
Communities across the United States are experiencing significant impacts of the spread of COVID-19. One of these impacts is an increase in unique, urgent legal needs. Attorneys across the country are working nearly non-stop to ensure that those impacted by COVID-19 have access to appropriate legal services.
Question for you – have you ever been asked to serve on a nonprofit board? I'm an attorney for nonprofit organizations, so I get hit up for board service A LOT. It's an exciting and flattering thing to be asked to participate in the org's mission.
A system based on due process should offer immigrants no less, argues the ABA’s Judy Perry Martinez.
Six minutes and 13 seconds are now seared into the memory of a student whose experience has been forever changed by pro bono work.
With drive and commitment, you can make a difference after floods, fires, tornadoes, and other disasters.
Students tell their pro bono stories and offer their advice on how you can begin making your own legal impact.
No one says that doing good for others can’t also mean doing something good for yourself.
When you give to others, you can change their world—and sometimes your own in the process.
I started law school in one of the most difficult ways I could have ever imagined starting law school. Six days before 1L orientation, I suffered a trimalleolar fracture of my ankle—basically, it was broken in three places—which required surgery for two plates and nine screws. That’s how
Legal incubators have been around over a decade. Fred Rooney, at that time, had a vision of creating a program that would support new lawyers interested in launching their own sustainable
“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.” —U.S.
Nine students who’ve devoted part of their law school career to public interest opportunities explain why they chose the path they’ve taken, along with the most satisfying—and most challenging—aspects of their efforts.
Justice means different things to different people. And students nationwide are reshaping what it means for those who need it most.
This year, the ABA’s 10th annual Pro Bono Week focuses on disaster resiliency. In an effort to bring more awareness to the Disaster Legal Services program, we talked with Andrew VanSingel, a tax attorney, who volunteers his time as a Special Advisor to the Disaster Legal Services (DLS) team. Prior to his time as Special Advisor, Mr. VanSingel served as the program’s coordinator.
The American Bar Association is urging action on the separation of children from their parents when arriving at the southern border. And if you're a law student, several organizations are asking for your help.
For abused and neglected children in transition, sometimes their strongest advocate isn’t a lawyer. Sometimes it’s a law student willing to spend time with them and listen to their needs. Each year, students at the University of Virginia School of Law do pro bono work with Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates.
When you hear the phrase “pro bono,” what comes to mind? Work you want to do, but just don’t have time for because of your other commitments or because you want some time free from “thinking like a lawyer?” Don’t let your pro bono efforts stall just because you can’t