National Volunteer Week: Honoring Lawyers Who Give Back – A List of Pro Bono Articles and Insights

Posted on 04-17-2017 by
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National Volunteer Week is April 23rd - April 29th. When it comes to volunteering, lawyers and law students do their part.

Lawyers give back ... it’s their professional responsibility. As ABA Model Rule 6.1 states:

Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.

And giving back doesn’t start and stop with just lawyers. Law students give back too. The law school class of 2016 performed more than 2.2 million hours of pro bono work. That’s equal to $52 million worth of work.

In honor of National Volunteer Week and the legal communities commitment to pro bono, we’ve put together a list of pro bono articles and insight.

Corporate Philanthropy: More than Writing a Check

Few charitable causes would turn down an ethical donation from a corporation.  Every charity is strapped for cash, and there’s always something more that can be done.

Rising Pro Bono Hours Reflect Legal Industry’s Changing Face via Law360

Lawyers work an average of 64 hours of pro bono work annually, up eight hours from two years ago, according to a new survey, and the consultancy behind the report says it might be a case of law firms responding to shifts in attorney expectations and evolving in the long shadow of the last financial crisis.

Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech via Law360

In accounting, consumers have TurboTax to complete personal tax returns. In medicine, patients have WebMD to diagnose their conditions. And in teaching, students have Khan Academy. Despite tech advances in e-discovery, legal research and trial presentation, though, the delivery of legal services has remained largely unchanged since the time of Charles Dickens. One or more lawyers researches, writes and litigates for a single client.

Starving artists jump-start Nashville lawyer’s pro-bono passion

Artists, whether songwriters or authors, face many doubters and unfavorable circumstances. They usually overcome financial hardships before they “make it big”. But what happens if these financial hardships are legal? This is where Thor Urness, a partner of “Bradley Arant Boult Cummings” law firm comes into play.

New York City Marathon launches lawyer's battle for the disabled

It’s always amazing the impact we can have when we are passionate about a cause. Daniel Brown’s passion lies with protecting equal rights and improving quality of life for those who live with disabilities. To look for his inspiration you need to look no further than his brother.

How a mother’s quote instilled a lawyer’s lifelong pursuit of helping others

“I don’t care how bad you think you have it, it could always be worse. You should help other people and give back to your community.”

Ice cream prompts pro bono bond between corporate lawyer & food truck owner

This is a story about how a self-proclaimed “ice cream enthusiast” and “custard connoisseur” became a match made in dessert heaven.

Helping those without a voice fuels a lawyer’s passion for immigration law

Navigating the labyrinth of immigration laws is never an easy task. Every day brings new challenges and nothing is routine in this complex field. For immigration attorney Doug Thie, the complexity of these challenges fuels his passion for his chosen niche – immigration law.

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