Day: October 25, 2011

VIDEO: Pro Bono for Global Social Change

The PBEye has been excited to report on various global pro bono efforts that have harnessed the power of attorneys to affect social change.  So of course we were delighted to talk to Edwin Rekosh, executive director of PILnet (formerly the Public Interest Law Institute), abut his organization’s mission to promote the use of law for social change.  Internationally, civil society organizations are using legal tools to pursue certain public interests, but don’t always have the backing of pro bono lawyers that they do in the U.S.  That’s where PILnet seeks to strengthen pro bono culture to assist foreign NGOs.

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Ford, Dykema , and CLR Team Up

In 2008, Ford Motor Company**, Dykema Gossett PLLC*, and Community Legal Resources (CLR) conceived of a program to provide legal support to Michigan nonprofit organizations.  In the wake of the recession, the nonprofits faced significant financial hardship and found it increasingly difficult to serve their clients.  Michigan was one of the states hit hardest by the economic downturn, rendering the services provided by nonprofit organizations all the more important.  Witnessing the vulnerability of nonprofits in the state, Ford, Dykema, and CLR developed a program called the Nonprofit Survival Clinic to help implement legal strategies to improve their financial wellbeing. In preparation

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