Category: Pro Bono

Why Does Dewey Bozella “Stand Tall”?

Looking for a good read for the last long weekend of the summer? Check out Stand Tall: Fighting for My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring by Dewey Bozella, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years until he was freed with the help of pro bono counsel from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr*† and the Innocence Project. From 1983 until 2009, Bozella was incarcerated in Sing Sing Correctional Facility for the murder of a 92 year-old woman in upstate New York. His memoir, Stand Tall, details his path to freedom through his perseverance, dedication, and resilience.  Bozella’s story from

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It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday

Need listening material for when the April showers hit? Tune in to the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, and learn about exciting and meaningful developments in the world of law firm pro bono and access to justice. Don’t miss our latest episode featuring Patrick Arenz of Robins Kaplan*†. Patrick talks to us about his career, chairing the firm’s Pro Bono Committee; a new trial advocacy initiative to support survivors of domestic abuse while promoting lawyer professional development and mentorship, and more. Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us

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Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Pro Bono Happy Hour

On October 1, 2015, PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched the Pro Bono Happy Hour, a weekly podcast offering a smart, fresh, creative take on pro bono and featuring lively conversations about law firm pro bono, news, and best practices. Since the podcast’s inception, we have interviewed insightful and entertaining expert guests from Law Firm Project member firms and Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories.  Law firms featured on our podcast include: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Blank Rome Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Crowley Fleck Day Pitney Dentons DLA Piper Dorsey & Whitney Fenwick & West Fredrikson & Byron

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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late To Save!

Dozens of firms have already become Law Firm Pro Bono Project members for 2016-2017.  These firms have publically demonstrated their leadership and commitment to pro bono service and access to justice, and we are grateful for their support. Submit your firm’s enrollment form before September 1 to receive a 10% discount. As a member firm, you will have exclusive access to resources to help ensure the health and vitality of your pro bono program, such as expert consultative services; discounted registration for every individual attending the PBI Annual Conference; free access to live webinars and on-demand programming with our network

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The PBEye Salutes Solicitor General Donald Verrilli

After five years as Solicitor General of the United States, Donald Verrilli will be stepping down from the position. Verrilli is well known not only as a gifted orator but a staunch advocate for pro bono. PBI was honored to have him join us at the 2015 PBI Annual Conference to discuss his passion for access to justice and his hopes for the future of pro bono. When asked about whether he advises others to share his personal goal of spending at least 10 percent of his hours on pro bono matters he said: The way it looks to me now

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with an Access to Justice Pioneer

March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to the many achievements and contributions of women throughout American history, including women in the legal profession. Among the women to have pioneered access to justice in law is Clara Shortridge Foltz, a once-celebrated but now largely forgotten public servant. Foltz was the first woman on the Pacific Coast to pass the bar after first lobbying the California legislature to change a legal code that allowed only white males to become lawyers. Foltz had a successful corporate practice and also represented many indigent defendants in criminal trials where she witnessed rampant prosecutorial misconduct and

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A Call to Action on September 11

Eleven years ago today, the U.S. experienced a trauma like no other in our history.  We watched as a brutal and senseless attack by terrorists unfolded on innocent people who were going about their daily lives.  The events of September 11 forever changed us as individuals and as a nation.  None of us – not only those of us in New York City, near the Pentagon, or in a small town in Pennsylvania who were direct eye witnesses  – will ever forget the unspeakable horror of that day or the bravery and generosity of spirit that followed. One of the

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