Lisa Borden

Lisa Borden

Baker Donelson

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Does Law Firm Pro Bono Come At The Expense Of Paying Clients?

Pro bono has come a long way in the last decade or two. More and more law firms have effective, structured pro bono programs, and many corporate legal departments either have pro bono programs or are working on developing...more

5/15/2014 - Big Law Corporate Counsel Law Practice Management Pro Bono Young Lawyers

Appleseed Event Featured Two Justice Legends Who Are Still Fighting, Opening Eyes

I had the great pleasure today of attending the Alabama Appleseed Brewer-Torbert Awards Luncheon. What an inspiring event! This year's award was presented to Fred Gray, a legendary civil rights attorney and icon. Mr....more

4/11/2014 - Civil Rights Act Desegregation Racial Discrimination Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Young Lawyers

Homeless Courts Are A Turning Point For Many

Over the last several months, I have had the privilege of being part of a team that has created and launched a new homeless court program in the City of Birmingham. We had some wonderful examples on which to model our effort,...more

2/28/2014 - Homeless Issues

Is Pro Bono A Cure, Or Just A Bandaid?

We live in a very superficial culture, especially when it comes taking care of things that are hard, or expensive. Or things that can't be fixed overnight. We like instant gratification. We like to congratulate ourselves for...more

1/3/2014 - Pro Bono

Preservation Of Hard Won Voting Rights Is A Timely Pro Bono Mission

Recently, I was going through boxes while cleaning out my mother's house when I found something that was at once a historical relic and a timely reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same - it was her...more

12/31/2013 - Voting Rights Voting Rights Act

They Come To Praise Mandela, But Do They Honor Him?

Over the past two days, I have listened and watched as people around the world, from journalists and celebrities to presidents and other politicians, remembered and honored the life and work of Nelson Mandela. That's as it...more

12/9/2013 - Human Rights Nelson Mandela

Poverty Law Class a Learning Experience for Prof, Too

This Fall, I had the privilege of teaching the Poverty Law class at the University of Alabama School of Law. Since it was my first experience teaching a law school class, I will have to leave it to my students to judge how...more

12/4/2013 - Poverty

Homeless Court Getting Ready To Offer Justice and Hope In Birmingham

Our Birmingham office had the honor last week of hosting a training conference for those who will be participants in the operation of a new Homeless Court in the City of Birmingham Municipal Court....more

8/6/2013 - Homeless Issues Human Rights Pro Bono Volunteers

"Pro Bono" and "Marketing" - Yes, You Can Use Them Together In A Sentence

Earlier this week, I participated in a panel presentation for the Legal Marketing Association. Topic - Marketing Your Law Firm's Pro Bono Program. Contrary to what might seem the natural and immediate reaction, marketing pro...more

5/6/2013 - Marketing Pro Bono Websites

Law Firm Staff Love Pro Bono Too!

You already know that Baker Donelson lawyers love pro bono, but I'm here to tell you - our staff loves pro bono too! It is so easy, and so rewarding, to get law firm staff involved in pro bono work. Of course, they can do...more

4/5/2013 - Corporate Culture Homeless Issues Legal Aid Society Pro Bono

Prison Re-Entry Panel at PBI Conference - Great Learning Experience

One of the great things about being invited to be on a panel at the Pro Bono Institute's wonderful annual conference is that, even though I was presumable asked because I know something about the topic, I always learn much...more

3/19/2013 - Criminal Records Inmates Prison Prisoner Re-Entry Public Benefits Public Housing Authorities Voting Rights

Need Another Reason To Do Pro Bono? Just Ask Corporate Clients

Why do pro bono? There are many great reasons, of course. Almost as many great reasons as there are lawyers to do pro bono and pro bono clients to serve. But one you may not have thought about is this: our corporate clients...more

1/14/2013 - Caterpillar Exon Mobile Freddie Mac Pro Bono Verizon Walgreens

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