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Student Lawyer: Pro Bono Changes Lives

January 07, 2021

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.

Zoom Consultation

How law students helped others during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

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

Student Intake Interview

How the ABA stepped up legal aid efforts during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

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,

Working With Empathy

Pro bono: The cradle of empathy in our profession

January 01, 2021

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,

Pro Bono Skills

Putting the pro into pro bono

January 01, 2021

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.”

Pro Bono Research

Law students, paralegals join to offer pro bono COVID-19 legal support

March 19, 2020

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. 

Kanban Board

So you want to join a nonprofit board? Read this first.

February 20, 2020

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.

I know what you did last summer (in pro bono work)

November 01, 2019

Students tell their pro bono stories and offer their advice on how you can begin making your own legal impact.

Volunteering

The flip side of doing good

November 01, 2019

No one says that doing good for others can’t also mean doing something good for yourself.

Pro Bono Initiative

Equal justice advances in pro bono efforts across the nation

October 01, 2019

“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.

Public-Interest

Law students speak: Why I do public interest work

January 01, 2019

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.

Andrew Van Singel

Eye on the storms: How the ABA focuses on Disaster Legal Services

October 25, 2018

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.

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Special advocates: Law students making a difference in children's lives

June 18, 2018

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.

Pro Bono

Opportunities abound: Embrace non-traditional pro bono

February 21, 2018

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