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In-house Lawyers Volunteer at Advance Planning Clinic at St. Barnabas Senior Services

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership, Pro Bono

On Friday, September 19, 2014, more than thirty lawyers and law students volunteered their time at a clinic to help draft advance healthcare directive forms and statutory wills for senior citizens at St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS). The clinic was hosted by the ACC Health Law Committee, ACC Southern California Chapter (ACC-SoCal), Bet Tzedek Legal… Continue Reading

Where Have All the Lawyers Gone? Attracting the Next Generation

Posted in In the House, In-House Practice, Pro Bono

As law school applications decline, organizations seek alternative ways to attract the next generation of lawyers. Among the deterrents to the potential applicant pool are financial concerns and job opportunity. A recent New York Times article notes that “the number of law school applicants has decreased 20% within the past year,” based on a study… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Junkies: Some Addictions Are Good

Posted in Pro Bono

Guest Blogger: Eric Henricks is an assistant general counsel with the Investments Practice Group at Nationwide Insurance. He is currently the chair of Nationwide’s pro bono committee and is a past chair of the Central Ohio ACC’s pro bono committee. I admit it. I am guilty. I blew off a chapter leader’s breakfast at the… Continue Reading

Three Lessons from First Impressions

Posted in Pro Bono

Guest Blogger: Erin Correale is a Director and Associate General Counsel at UBS Financial Services Inc., in the UBS Wealth Management Americas business division.  Erin is the Chair of the UBS Wealth Management Americas Pro Bono Legal Program, and a founding member of the Pro Bono Council for Sanctuary for Families in New York. As a… Continue Reading

Is Mandatory Pro Bono a Solution to the Justice Crisis?

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Guest Blogger: Esther F. Lardent is president and chief executive officer at the Pro Bono Institute. The US legal system is facing a crisis of unparalleled proportions: With the spike in the US poverty population resulting from the Great Recession, and the precipitous drop in funding and staffing of legal services programs, it is likely… Continue Reading

Calling All Good Global Citizens

Posted in Pro Bono

Guest Blogger: Julia Alanen is project coordinator, global pro bono at the Pro Bono Institute A growing number of legal departments are enhancing their pro bono and corporate social responsibility schemes by adding a global element. Some legal departments use global pro bono to engage their attorneys in offices abroad by offering them coveted pro… Continue Reading

In-house Pro Bono: Smaller Legal Departments and Remote Offices Can Participate Too

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Guest Blogger: Corporate Pro Bono is the global partnership project of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) and ACC. We all know that lawyers have a professional responsibility, if not a professional or personal interest, to provide pro bono legal services. However, for some in-house counsel — those in smaller legal departments or remote offices — finding pro… Continue Reading

In-house Practice Rules: States Must Remove the Restrictions on Pro Bono Efforts

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By Corporate Pro Bono   ACC has long championed the fight against onerous in-house counsel registration requirements. As a result, many jurisdictions now permit non-locally barred in-house attorneys to practice law for their employer-client as long as they are in good standing in another state. Unfortunately, this exception does not always extend to providing pro bono… Continue Reading

ACC Fred Krebs Talks about Leadership

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Two ACC leaders were recently honored with top legal industry awards:  ACC’s former board chair, Laura Stein, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company, is a 2010 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA to recognize the accomplishments of women lawyers.  In Canada, ACC board member,… Continue Reading

Street Law Honors Award Recipients at Annual Dinner

Posted in Pro Bono

Street Law, a nonprofit organization that provides education programs about law, democracy, and human rights and a partner with ACC on the corporate legal diversity pipeline initiative held their annual dinner last week in Washington, D.C. What an evening it turned out to be! The ballroom was packed and charged with energy. The award winners inspired us with… Continue Reading

PRO BONO–A Noble Endeavor . . .

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. . .or How We Rationalize Our Maintenance of Artificially High Legal Costs I want now to focus on another sacred cow of the profession–”pro bono”. I am not against insuring that everyone has access to legal services, I just don’t believe we should deprive people of the dignity of being able to pay for… Continue Reading

ACC Fellow to be Honored for Katrina Work

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Reilly Morse, the ACC/Equal Justice Works Disaster Relief Fellow, will be recognized by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with the Edwin D. Wolf Award, for performing pro bono, or no-fee work, in public interest law. Read More about Mr. Morse and other attorneys recognized by the Committee If you would like to… Continue Reading