October 07, 2014
National Pro Bono Week Oct. 19-25
Members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to participate in the following pro bono recruitment, recognition and training events that will be held next month to commemorate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration, a coordinated national effort held during the week of October 19-25 to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services. Click here to download a calendar of events scheduled in Philadelphia; here to download the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for Philadelphia; and here to download the Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations.
From October 19-25 (or any day in October 2014), the "Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser!" will take place at participating workplaces throughout Philadelphia. This "jeans day" fundraiser benefits the grantees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation*. Employees at participating offices donate $5 (or more!) to wear jeans or participate in some other office-wide activity. To participate or for more information, contact Maya Brown at email@example.com.
On Monday, October 20, the SeniorLAW Center will provide a free training program, Providing Legal Services through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., at PECO/Exelon Building, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia. Volunteers will be trained to provide advice to seniors who call the
Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline and will receive 2.0 CLE credits (1.5 substantive; .5 ethics CLEs) in exchange for staffing the SeniorLAW Helpline for two 2-hour shifts. Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. Register by 10/13/14 with Joanna Jarzebowska at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, October 21, Philadelphia VIP will present Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, 123 South Broad Street, Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia. This program will navigate the ethics of pro bono work and the impact it has on low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will begin with a networking breakfast with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, followed by the CLE training event. Each attorney who attends the seminar and handles a VIP pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn 2.5 ethics CLE credits. This event is free. Breakfast and education materials will be provided. To register, visit www.phillyvip.org.
On Tuesday, October 21, Philadelphia VIP will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This pro bono training program and small business clinic is limited to corporate counsel. Register with VIP at 215-523-9550 or www.phillyvip.org.
On Tuesday, October 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) will host a legal clinic at Families Forward (formerly Traveler's Aid), 111 N. 49th St. (enter on 48th Street). HAP will also host a legal clinic on Tuesday, October 21, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Covenant House, 31 East Armat Street, and on Friday, October 24, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., at St. John's Hospice, 1221 Race Street. To volunteer, please contact Marsha Cohen at email@example.com or 215-523-9590.
On Wednesday, October 22, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, a Support Center for Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), at the PBI CLE Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Market and Juniper Streets, Philadelphia. This program will provide 6.5 CLE credits, 2 of which may be applied toward ethics. To register visit www.pbi.org or call 1-800-247-4724.
On Thursday, October 23, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Board Observer Program, in collaboration with the YLD and DLSC, will present a CLE program, The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. This CLE program will be presented by Marla Conley, Esq., and Patrick Horan, Esq., of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Jeniece Davis, Board Member of the Disability Rights Network; and Lisa Verges, Director of Development at Community Legal Services. The program will offer 1.5 substantive CLE credits and will provide training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board. RSVP and register online to attend at www.philadelphiabar.org. For CLE tuition prices and to register, please visit www.pbi.org, or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.
On Thursday, October 23, at 4:00 p.m., the First Judicial District (FJD) of Pennsylvania will honor members of the 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor at a ceremony and Reception (by invitation only). The FJD will accept nominations for the Pro Bono Awards and Roll of Honor until September 26. Nomination forms, eligibility criteria, and additional instructions are available at www.courts.phila.gov/probonoawards/.
During October 19-25, National Pro Bono Week, the Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will raise awareness of the professional responsibility to contribute pro bono service on local law school campuses and celebrate student pro bono efforts. In addition to individual programming at the separate law schools, the Committee is creating stickers with a slogan in celebration of pro bono legal work and will recruit student volunteers to distribute the stickers to law students at Drexel, Penn, Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Villanova and Widener Universities. Student volunteers will also share information about pro bono opportunities and experiences. For more information, contact Lisa Hurlbutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A copy of the official registration and financial information of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation may be obtained from the Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.