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Wayne County Pro Bono

Wayne County Pro Bono Conference, Aug. 15, 2012

Wayne County Pro Bono Options, 2010

Honesdale Attorney Receives Award for NPLS Service, June 2009
Honesdale lawyer James Brown has received an award from North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) in recognition of his service on the NPLS Board of Directors for the past four years. Brown volunteered his time to assist NPLS in meeting its goal of providing equal access to justice for indigent individuals and families throughout 20 counties in northeast Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, lawyer Frances Gruber of Honesdale has been nominated by the Wayne County Bar Association to continue Wayne County's involvement with the NPLS by serving as a new member of the NPLS board. Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis noted that this is the "model for private bar and public legal aid partnership in keeping with the PBA's pro bono service commitment."

Wayne County Bar Finalizes Pro Bono Plan
The Pro Bono Committee of the Wayne County Bar Association (WCBA) has prepared a report and recommendations to the WCBA calling for 100 percent pro bono participation and documentation of that participation. The Pro Bono Report and Recommendations were presented at the WCBA meeting on April 8, 2009, and unanimously approved for implementation. Click here for the committee's final report. The committee is now distributing participation sheets to WCBA members and preparing a petition for entry of an order for limited appearances in pro bono custody cases. Prior to April 8, a number of WCBA attorneys accepted pro bono appointments when the need arose, even though the program was not formerly implemented. Vicky Coyle, chair of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee and executive director of North Penn Legal Services, applauded the WCBA effort. "This report, and its plan for future pro bono, is an excellent strategic approach to pro bono, especially for a county with a small bar," said Coyle. Over the last few years, the PBA Pro Bono Office has worked with Coyle, Wayne County attorneys Richard Henry and Scott Bennett, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network and IOLTA to conduct local pro bono continuing legal education. David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, said "it is exciting to see the efforts of so many bear fruit for the neediest among those in Wayne County. The leadership of Judge Raymond L. Hamill and attorneys Henry and Bennett is to be commended!"

WCBA Pro Bono Committee Final Report and Recommendations, April 3, 2009
Wayne County Pro Bono Conference, June 27, 2008
Wayne County Pro Bono Conference Ethics & Technology PowerPoint Presentation, June 27, 2008
Honesdale Pro Bono Conference, Jan. 12, 2007