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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.

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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.”

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.

Studies

Things to consider when planning to take law courses

May 24, 2018

Whether you’re becoming a full-time law student or simply getting ready to take night classes, law courses are a serious undertaking. It’s important to think carefully about and be prepared for the classes themselves, and there’s another whole range of concerns you may need to think about for

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

Patently Impossible

The Patently Impossible Project and the importance of pro bono service

January 31, 2018

Our communities as a whole are substantially improved when we provide representation and voices to our underserved segments of society, particularly non-profit organizations. With respect to intellectual property law, I think it is important to foster entrepreneurship and invention through pro bono work.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey: How law students and lawyers can help

August 30, 2017

The American Bar Association has put together a list of resources available to residents of Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. There are also ways law students and attorneys can lend a hand. The ABA and the ABA Young Lawyers Division have been compiling links to #HarveyRelief

Help a Veteran

Students, you could work with NOVA to aid veterans

October 28, 2016

The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) is a not-for-profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993.  NOVA represents more than 500 attorneys and agents assisting tens of thousands of our nation's military veterans, their widows, and their families seeking to obtain their earned