National Pro Bono Celebration from October 23-30, 2011

An initiative of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

Promote and Participate in Free National Events! There are four nationally-focused training events available for your use during the National Celebration of Pro Bono. Two are webinars, and three of the four events will be available in downloadable/viewable formats on the website during the Celebration week.

Strategic Collaborations in Pro Bono Service Among Non-Profits, In-House Counsel and Law Firms  (Free Audio-only). Webcast: October 20, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (E.D.T.). Sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, David P. Hackett, Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP and Editor of Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives, and Madeleine Schachter, Partner/Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Baker & McKenzie LLP, will give a one-hour briefing about engaging in strategic collaborations in pro bono service. Click here for registration and more information.

Conflict of Interest Issues in Pro Bono Representation. A link to this Presentation will be available on the Celebration website Monday, October 24. Sponsored by Albany Law School, Acting Dean and President Connie Mayerwill present a one-hour narrated PowerPoint presentation focusing on conflict of interest rules and how they impact pro bono representation. This program will discuss the traditional conflict of interest rules, Model Rules 1.7, 1.9, and 1.10, and how Rule 6.5 relaxes these rules in certain circumstances to give lawyers more flexibility in providing pro bono representation.   The presentation will be available for download and viewing on the Celebration website on October 28.

Legal Ethics for the Pro Bono Lawyer. Video available on the Celebration website October 23. Sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Professor Jeffery Baker, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law presents a one hour CLE discussing the interplay between the realities of those living in poverty and an attorneys ethical obligations.

Serving Those Who Serve Us Most:  An Overview of Key Legal Issues Facing Veterans Who Are Homeless. Live Webinar  October 25, 3-5 p.m. Eastern Live. A link to the recorded version of the event will be available on the Celebration website on October 28. Christina Eagle, Vice-President of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and Glenn Read, Director of Veterans Services for the Albany Housing. Participants will review key legal issuing impacting homeless veterans.  In addition to giving an overview of national resources, the program will focus on community education outreach efforts.  Finally, the program will also explore issues of cultural competency in this area of the law — e.g. how to work with clients suffering from PSTD. For more information, contact our celebration consultant.