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2015 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. 25. See the list of scheduled events below.

Read the 2015 Pro Bono Week resolutions from the state House of Representatives and the state Senate and the Governor's Office proclamation.

Student Loan Repayment Forgiveness Program, Philadelphia, Oct. 5, 2015
The Philadelphia Bar Association hosts the Student Loan Repayment Options and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program on Oct. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. at the association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Conference Center, Philadelphia. This presentation, featuring nationally known expert Heather Jarvis, will provide up-to-date information on student loan repayment and public service loan forgiveness options and process and should be useful to law students, recent graduates and public interest/public service attorneys.

Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair, Philadelphia, Oct. 14, 2015
In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, public interest legal services agencies will present brief highlights about their work and how to get involved. This will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice. Participating agencies include AIDS Law Project, Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), Education Law Center-PA, Good Shepherd Mediation Program, HIAS Pennsylvania, Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Mazzoni Center, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Philadelphia VIP, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), SeniorLAW Center, Support Center for Child Advocates. Go to http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/events/event.570949-PRO_BONO_ROAD_SHOW_INTERACTIVE_FAIR on the ABA website for more information and to register.

Virtual and Remote Pro Bono Legal Services Models, A Special National Pro Bono Celebration Webinar, Oct. 14, 2015
Pro Bono Net and the Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) will be holding a free webinar entitled Virtual and Remote Pro Bono Legal Services Models on Oct. 14, 2015, 1-4 p.m. This webinar, will highlight examples of how virtual and remote legal services models are enabling new forms of pro bono participation and expanding the reach of services to underserved communities. Join this special Pro Bono Celebration webinar to learn about new and emerging projects, and the staffing, technology and partnerships involved. We will also discuss resources and considerations for replication. Register: The training will be held via join.me, so no pre-registration is required. Join the meeting: https://join.me/NTAPtraining. Please enter your full name when prompted, followed by your organization information (i.e., Brian Rowe, Northwest Justice Project) Join the audio conference: No matter how you join the conference, everyone will be on the same audio call. By phone: Join the meeting, click on the phone icon and select "Join by phone." Dial the number and then the conference ID when prompted. By computer via internet: Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select 'Join by internet.' Click "Connect."

Meet, Greet & Train, Oct. 23, 2015
Join Transgender Legal Defense & Fund and Reed Smith LLP for a CLE training for the Name Change Project, which provides pro bono name change representation to transgender community members in Pittsburgh. The training will be followed by a tour of BNY Mellon's art gallery and a cocktail reception, and is hosted by Prism, BNY Mellon's LGBT employee resource group.

CLE Videos for Training Lawyers in Pro Bono Mark Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25-31, 2015,
PBI, the PBA and PLAN (Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network) are pleased to honor Pennsylvania pro bono volunteers with the release during Pro Bono Week 2015 of 10 one-hour, free CLE videos offering training for lawyers taking a pro bono case from any legal aid, county bar or other poverty law organization. See the list of the 10 CLE programs and the letter from the presidents of the three sponsoring organizations . The videos allow pro bono volunteers to get free online CLE from the comfort of their office desks while gaining valuable insight into a variety of common pro bono matters. The videos were produced by PBI in partnership with the PBA and PLAN.

'Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser,' Philadelphia, Oct. 25-31, 2015
A "Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser" will be held on days designated at participating workplaces throughout Philadelphia, Oct. 25-3. This "jeans day" fundraiser benefits legal services agencies funded by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. To register your workplace and receive a planning packet, contact Maya Brown at mbrown@philabar.org.

The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2015 (Online Course), Oct. 26-29, 2015
The Practicing Law Institute will be holding a free online course titled The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2015, from Oct. 26 through Oct. 29. Attendees are expected to participate each day but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night. What you will learn: the science of collecting information, the art of collecting information, how to manage frustrations, third party basics. All attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Oct. 26, 2015
The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation will be holding a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 26, noon-1:30 p.m., at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market Street, Pittsburgh. The Public Service Committee would like to 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. Thanks in part to the generous hospitality of Fairmont Pittsburgh, this event is FREE to Pro Bono Center volunteers. The event will feature remarks from our 2015 ACBA Pro Bono Awards Winners, plated lunch, and door prizes. Join your fellow volunteers in celebration of your commitment to helping low-income residents of Allegheny County. RSVP by Oct. 19.

CLE Seminar - Pro Bono Celebration, Berks County, Oct. 27, 2015
The Berks County Bar Association will be holding it's CLE Seminar - Pro Bono Celebration on Oct. 27, 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., at The Inn at Reading, 1040 N. Park Rd., Wyomissing. This event is only available to registered bar association members. Program agenda: Luncheon; seminar, "Language Access to the Courts: The Proper Utilization of Court Interpreters" (1 hour substantive CLE); seminar, "The Intersection of Housing and Consumer Law" (1 hour substantive CLE). Reception to start at 4 p.m.

Pro Bono Reception, Bucks County, Oct. 28, 2015
The Bucks County Bar Association will be holding a Pro Bono Reception on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Bucks County Bar Association, 135 E. State Street, Doylestown. For more information about this event, contact Kelly Neff at kellyn@bucksbar.org or by telephone at 215-348-9413.

Annual Judicial, Government, and Public Interest Reception, Pittsburgh, Oct. 29, 2015
The Fifth Annual Judicial, Government, and Public Interest Law Reception, hosted by Pitt Law Dean William M. Carter Jr. and Duquesne Law Dean Ken Gormley, will be held on Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m., at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with colleagues while networking and celebrating the bench and the public interest bar. Share with students interested in careers in the judiciary, government, and public interest law about clerkships, externships, pro bono initiatives, and other opportunities in our region. RSVP by Oct. 23 by calling 412-396-6559 or e-mailing lawcareers@duq.edu.

Annual Pro Bono CLE Roundup, Washington County, Oct. 29, 2015
The Washington County Bar Association is holding its Annual Pro Bono CLE Roundup on Oct. 29, noon to 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 100 East Wheeling St., Washington, Pa. The roundup will feature lunch and a CLE program offering 4 CLE credits. The program is free to pro bono panelists. If you are not currently an active Pro Bono panelist but would like to sign-up to serve, just choose "Yes, Sign Me Up!" on the Event Registration page and you will be mailed the panel registration materials. You may register for the Oct. 29 CLE as a Pro Bono Panelist. If you do not accept at least one pro bono referral by Nov. 25, you will be billed for the CLE credits (credits will not be submitted until paid).

2015 Pro Bono Week Focus on PFA Practice in Montgomery County, Oct. 30, 2015
During the 2015 ABA National Pro Bono Week and PBA Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LSAP) organized several events to highlight pro bono opportunities, including a CLE on PFA practice in Montgomery County, held on Oct. 30. The seminar reviewed the basics of PFA representation in Montgomery County, with a particular focus on victim advocacy and pro bono representation. The CLE was free to attorneys who agreed to accept at least one pro bono client through LASP. Below are a photo taken during the seminar and a group photo of the presenters, from left, LASP staff attorney Ed Danelski; LASP Montgomery County Pro Bono Coordinator Mike Kelley; Claritza Jaramillo, Family Court assistant administrator; county Common Pleas Court Judge Kelly C. Wall; and Cheryl Leslie, Family Court deputy administrator.

Access to Justice Pro Bono CLE Seminar, Chester County, Oct. 30, 2015
The Chester County Bar Association will be holding an Access to Justice Pro Bono CLE Seminar on Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Chester County Bar Association, Lower Level, 15 W. Gay Street, West Chester. You must take at least one pro bono case in order to attend this seminar. Three substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credit if available for attending this program. Contact Anne Comber at acomber@chescobar.org or phone 610-692-1889. Online registration available until Oct. 30.

Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Annual Breakfast Meeting, Oct. 30, 2015
The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership annual breakfast meeting will be held on Oct. 30, 7:30-9 a.m., at the law firm of K&L Gates, 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh. One hour of CLE credit is available for this program, which is free for attendees. To RSVP for the breakfast or to learn more about the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, contact Barbara Kern at kernb@nlsa.us or 412-586-6138 with your attorney ID number.

Jeans for Justice, Allegheny County, Oct. 30, 2015
Jeans for Justice is back! Join the Allegheny County Bar Foundation in celebrating Pro Bono Week and the 35th Anniversary of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation by holding a casual Friday to benefit legal services programs. Employees of participating offices make a small donation ($5, $10, etc.) for the right to dress in casual attire for the day instead of traditional business wear. Each office collects the donations from employees and submits the donations to the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Your office can hold its Jeans for Justice day on Friday, October 30, 2015--during national Pro Bono Week--or on any other convenient date. 100% of the proceeds support programs that match volunteer attorneys with low-income residents of Allegheny County desperately in need of legal assistance. For more information or to just let the ACBF know know that your firm or legal department will include Jeans for Justice in its fall plans, please contact Erin Rhodes at erhodes@acba.org or 412-402-6641.

Past National Pro Bono Week Celebrations