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Takeaways From A Criminal Pro Bono Case

During the course of a criminal case, victims often go unrepresented. In many instances, this lack of representation suits all parties: The victim is able to have a limited role in the case, and the government is free to make...more

A Response to: 'Forcing Lawyers to Perform Pro Bono Services'

In his article in Verdict (July 18, 2016), Prof. Ronald Rotunda, responding to comments on pro bono delivered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at a national conference of the American Law Institute, rightly states...more

Have your clients had their legal checkup?

In August 2014, the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Services set out to improve the delivery of, and access to, legal services in the United States. (Report on the Future of Legal Service in the United States, p.4) ...more

My First Trial: Lessons I Learned in a Pelican Bay Prison Case

I was 16 years old when, like much of the nation, I became transfixed by the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. I knew then I wanted to be a lawyer. Fast forward 20 years to a federal courtroom in San Francisco where I represented...more

How Pro Bono Contributes to a Successful Career

One of the essential elements of what makes practicing law a profession ... is the commitment of every lawyer to uphold the law and contribute to access to justice. A Different View - We respectfully suggest...more

Sample Letter of Demand for a Dog Attack Claim

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite attack, should you hire an experienced dog bite lawyer to assist you with your legal claim? Generally speaking, the answer is a resounding yes. By retaining a knowledgeable attorney who...more

Partners in Service: Benefits of a Lawyer-Client Pro Bono Team

As attorneys, we are fortunate to be in a profession that provides a unique and meaningful opportunity to serve our community. Pro bono service allows us to put our specialized skills and experience to work to better the...more

Filing and Litigating a Hague Convention Child Abduction Civil Case in Federal Court

Background on Child Abduction Cases Under the Hague Convention - The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”) is an international treaty in which the signatory...more

Think Legal, Act Local: How One Attorney Gave Back to the Community In Which He Lives and Works

We spoke recently with attorney Jeffrey Lewis of Broedlow Lewis to learn more about his firm's pro bono work on a hot-button Southern California case focusing on land use restrictions and the preservation of open space. ...more

Veteran Receives Compensation for Injury After Pro Bono Battle

Baker Donelson lawyer Frank S. James, together with the veterans legal clinic at the University of California at Berkeley, scored a victory recently in a long and hard fought battle to obtain military insurance benefits for...more

Q&A: How Law Firm Ober|Kaler Takes Pro Bono Support to the Next Level

We spoke recently with Ober|Kaler pro bono coordinator Paul Sugar about the law firm's long-running partnership with Maryland's community-based program Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) and the wide range of...more

RMF Pro Bono Case “Under Reconsideration” as a Result of New Trade Legislation

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“TAARA 2015”) into law as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which gave President Obama "fast...more

Adverse Costs in Pro Bono Litigation: the SCC Weighs In

Réjean Hinse was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Though he was granted parole, he was only acquitted after 30 years and a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Hinse sued the...more

Pro Bono Q&A: How One Law Firm Is Helping a California City Curb Gun Violence

A JD Supra Pro Bono Profile: Q&A with Farella Braun + Martel partner Tony Schoenberg about his work related to a Sunnyvale, Calif., ordinance that bans the possession of large-capacity gun magazines. ...more

Copyright Law and the Fight Against Revenge Porn: Q&A With David Bateman of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

In-depth Q&A with attorney David A. Bateman about the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which Bateman co-founded last year with K&L Gates colleague Elisa J. D'Amico to help victims of revenge porn. We wanted to learn...more

Practicing in the Western District of Virginia CLE

I attended a very informative and enjoyable CLE yesterday regarding practicing in the Western District of Virginia and section 1983 cases. The CLE was put on by the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association. Judge Dillon,...more

Let's Talk About Race And Pro Bono

There has been a great deal of sorely needed discussion lately about issues of racial inequality, racially disparate justice, and white privilege. I have always been one to think about these matters in my own life and work....more

Opportunities for Trademark and Copyright Lawyers To Volunteer During Pro Bono Month

October is Pro Bono Month in many states, including Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Indiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. The ABA has created an annual weeklong National Pro Bono...more

Unsexy, Unglamorous Legal Needs Deserve More Pro Bono Attention

During the time I have been managing Baker Donelson's pro bono programs, I've been impressed and gratified to see lawyers and bar associations and groups across the country step up en masse to tackle some very important...more

Attorneys in the Time of Cholera

This is the story of how lawyers are fighting the cholera epidemic in Haiti. I am a physician with a subspecialty in infectious diseases. Since 2003, I have periodically travelled to Haiti to deliver basic medical care in...more

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

Avenues to Asylum: Collaborations between Medical and Legal Professionals

On a personal basis, my experiences with attorneys have been confined to generally unpleasant but necessary conversations about money and real estate, all of which are memorialized in hourly fees. However, in my human rights...more

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

Skill Development Through Public Service

Helping others through pro bono advocacy is not only a professional obligation, but it is also a potent tool for professional growth. Ignore— just for a moment—the hopefully obvious benefits to your community, the legal...more

Business Litigation Report -- July 2013

In This Issue: Main Article: ..“Gray-Market” Goods Now Less Gray Practice Area Notes: ..Trial Practice Update ..Structured Finance Litigation Update ..Russia Litigation Update ..White Collar...more

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