2014 Pro Bono Week


The Pennsylvania Bar Association has resolved to designate the last week of every October as Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week, and the PBA Board of Governors has directed that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to the governor of Pennsylvania, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and the General Assembly asking that they officially acknowledge Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week each year. This year Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week will be celebrated the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 19.

Read the 2014 Pro Bono Week resolutions from the state House of Representatives and the state Senate and the Governor's Office proclamation.

See the list of scheduled events below.

Judges Promote National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 19-25, 2014
Lackawanna County Judge Robert A. Mazzoni is shown below with the "Have you done your pro bono today?" placard that he and many other judges across the commonwealth displayed during National Pro Bono Week.

Oct 19 - Oct 25: Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser, Philadelphia

Oct. 19-25: Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest Section Law School Outreach
During 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 lisa.hurlbutt@temple.edu.

Oct 20: Providing Legal Services Through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline, Philadelphia

Oct 20: Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Annual Breakfast Meeting: The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership annual breakfast meeting will be held on Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the law firm of K&L Gates, 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh. A one-hour CLE credit is available for this program, which is free for attendees. The program this year will focus on the partnership's numerous and ever-growing projects, with discussion on how its collaborations have enabled its programs to help hundreds of families gain access to legal services despite tremendous funding cuts to legal services. To RSVP for the breakfast or to learn more about the partnership, contact Barbara Kern at kernb@nlsa.us or 412-586-6138 with your attorney ID number.

Oct. 21: Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service
Philadelphia VIP will present Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, 123 South Broad Street. 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 six 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.

Oct. 21: Philadelphia VIP Corporate Pro Bono Day
Philadelphia VIP will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day, 4-7 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.

Oct. 21: Reading, Writing & Arrest: Issues at the Crossroads of Access to Education, Justice & Criminal Law
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation presents this program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Find out more .

Oct 21: Homeless Advocacy Project's Legal Clinic, Philadelphia

Oct 21: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon - ACBA/ACBF: The Public Service Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association will thank and recognize volunteers who provided pro bono services to low-income clients in the past year through Pro Bono Center member organizations and ACBA/ACBF projects. A luncheon will be held on Oct. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh. This event is FREE to Pro Bono Center volunteers and will include a buffet luncheon and remarks from Chief Judge Jeffery A. Deller of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. Join your fellow volunteers in celebration of your commitment to helping low-income residents of Allegheny County. RSVP by Oct. 14 to Linda Fletcher at temp@acba.org.

Oct. 21: Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation
The Practicing Law Institute is offering a free one-hour audio-only briefing titled Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation on Oct. 21, 2014, 1- 2p.m. Limited scope representation, also known as unbundling, is a way to connect lawyers needing work to clients needing affordable or pro bono legal assistance. It allows the lawyer and the client to agree in advance that the lawyer will undertake certain tasks, such as drafting pleadings or appearing at a contested hearing, and the client will represent him or herself for other parts of the case. This is a valuable tool in increasing access to justice and improving the workings of the court system. It does, however, raise some unique ethical issues that need to be addressed. As part of the ABA's National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, please join Toby J. Rothschild, retired general counsel of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, for a free one-hour briefing on how to safely practice limited scope representation. Topics to be addressed include: What is limited scope representation? What are the ethical issues that can arise in a limited scope engagement? How can you avoid the ethical pitfalls and provide high quality representation in a limited scope engagement?

Oct. 21: Berks County Bar Association Pro Bono Celebration and Seminars
The Berks County Bar Association will be holding a variety of events at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Reading, on Oct. 21, 2014, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. CLE events include the following:
    Finding Trees in the Forest - Spotting Consumer Law Claims in Legal Aid or Pro Bono Intake: 1:30-3 p.m. Clients who present to Legal Services offices or pro bono counsel often present with an array of consumer law issues, from Fair Debt and Fair Credit Reporting to Repossession issues. This program will help you spot potential violations to better represent your low income client. Most consumer laws allow for statutory attorney fees. Learn which ones and how to present and maximize a counsel fee petition. Speaker(s): Carey L. Flitter, Esquire, Flitter Lorenz, P.C. This program is free to Pro Bono Team members. (1 hr. substantive and .5 hr. ethics CLE)
   Job Readiness: Establishing a Statewide Pro Bono Expungement Program:3:15-4:45 p.m. This seminar will explore what is being done today and what might be done in the future to handle expungements across the commonwealth. Representatives from the District Attorney and MidPenn Legal Services Offices will share how things work in Berks County as part of this program. The speaker promises prizes. Speaker(s): David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator. This program is free to Pro Bono Team Members. (1 hr. substantive and .5 hr. ethics)

Oct. 21: Sweet Child O' Mine: Representing Children with Pro Bono Lawyers Teleconference
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation Access to Justice and Children's Rights Litigation Committees are presenting a Section of Litigation Roundtable entitled Sweet Child O' Mine: Representing Children with Pro Bono Lawyers on Oct. 21, 2014, 1-2 p.m. Lots of volunteer attorneys want to dedicate their pro bono time to protecting the legal rights and meeting the legal needs of children. If you don't have a local project that engages the private bar or you are thinking about new ways to recruit volunteer attorneys or you just want to hear about some of the best models around the country to inspire some new projects (including law firm and in-house partnerships), this teleconference will be an opportunity to hear from some folks who work with some best practice models. Speakers: Steve Schulman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (moderator) Franchesca Hamilton-Acker, Acadiana Legal Services Marti Little, Support Center for Child Advocates Tsinena Thompson, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. Get more information.

Oct. 21: Friends of Farmworkers Annual Fundraiser 2014, Philadelphia

Oct. 22: Washington County Bar Association, Pro Bono "Oktoberfest" Party on the Porch
Celebrate Pro Bono Month and join us on the porch to toast to WCBA's Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year: Mary Bates and Brian Gorman. Bar office, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Certificates of Appreciation will be distributed to all WCBA pro bono volunteers at the event. These are volunteers of the bar association's formal pro bono programs, including Legal Aid Conflict, Modest Means, Limited Representation Custody and Wills for Heroes or the City Mission's Legal Clinic. See the list of pro bono volunteers. Get more information on the event.

Oct. 22: Pennsylvania Bar Institute: How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, a Support Center for Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, a Support Center for Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), at the PBI CLE Center, Wanamaker Building, 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 800-247-4724.

Oct. 22: Law Day 2015 Planning Meeting, Allegheny County Bar Association Public Service Committee

Oct. 23: Pro Bono Rocks! (Allegheny County Bar Association) Get more information.

Oct. 23: First Judicial District 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor Event
At 4 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).

Oct 23: The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service, Philadelphia

Oct. 23: Chester County Pro Bono Reception
Pro bono and access to justice volunteers from Chester County are invited to the home of Common Court Pleas Judge David F. Bortner to be thanked for their pro bono services.

Oct. 24: Jeans for Justice Day (Allegheny County Bar Association)

Oct. 24: Lebanon County Bar Association Pro Bono Celebration
Get more information.

Oct 24: Homeless Advocacy Project's Legal Clinic, Philadelphia

Oct. 24: Access to Justice Pro Bono CLE Seminar, West Chester