The Pro Bono Happy Hour Podcast includes a collection of lively conversations about law firm pro bono news, infrastructure, and best practices featuring insightful and entertaining expert guests from Law Firm Pro Bono Project member firms and Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatories.
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Special Edition Podcast
The Challenge of COVID-19: Legal Community in Action, Episode 7
Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)
May 6, 2021
“We have to challenge the status quo and model the way.” In this episode, PBI interviews Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), to learn more about NLADA’s continued efforts to assist civil legal aid, public defenders and client and community advocates through the pandemic. Hear how NLADA is addressing unemployment benefits, remote court systems, racial equity, the eviction crisis, and more. This is the seventh episode in a special podcast from Pro Bono Institute illuminating the legal aid and pro bono community’s response to COVID-19.
The Challenge of COVID-19: Legal Community in Action, Episode 6
Ron Flagg, President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
December 22, 2020
In this episode, PBI interviews Ron Flagg, President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), to learn more about the LSC eviction study that launched in September 2020. With many out of work and unable to pay rent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation finds itself in a heightened eviction crisis. Hear more about the LSC eviction study and what steps LSC is taking to prepare for and address this emergency. This is the sixth episode in a special podcast from Pro Bono Institute illuminating the legal aid and pro bono community’s response to COVID-19.
The Challenge of COVID-19: Legal Community in Action, Episode 5
Becky Troth, Executive Director of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center
November 6, 2020
“Don’t let good be the enemy of the ok.” In this episode, PBI interviews Becky Troth, Executive Director of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. As the largest provider of pro bono legal services in DC, the DC Bar Pro Bono Center continues to offer pro bono help amidst the global pandemic. Hear more about how the DC Bar Pro Bono Center is serving the District while keeping the spirit of teamwork, collaboration and volunteerism alive. This is the fifth episode in a special podcast from Pro Bono Institute illuminating the legal aid and pro bono community’s response to COVID-19.
The Challenge of COVID-19: Legal Community in Action, Episode 4
Judge Jonathan Lippman
July 16, 2020
In the fourth episode of this special podcast series, PBI interviews Judge Jonathan Lippman, of counsel at Latham & Watkins in New York City and a former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Judge Lippman is also the chair of New York’s COVID-19 Pro Bono Network, a task force created by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), in partnership with the state court system.
The Challenge of COVID-19: Legal Community in Action, Episode 3
Michael O’Connor, General Counsel, and Dorothy Varon, Corporate Law Lead Counsel and Pro Bono Committee Founder, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Silvia Argueta, Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Angela Vigil, Pro Bono Partner & Executive Director of the Pro Bono Practice, Baker McKenzie
May 7, 2020
In this episode, Mike O’Connor and his colleague Dorothy Varon describe some unique aspects to a large corporation, headquartered in a small legal market, tackling pro bono during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined by legal aid and pro bono veterans Silvia Argueta and Angela Vigil in discussing how to successfully reach clients having limited access to technology in the era of closed meeting places and social distancing.
The Challenge of COVID-19:Lawyers in Action, Episode 2
Brad Karp, Chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Robert Atkins and Michael Gertzman, Co-chairs of the Paul Weiss’s Litigation Department
April 23, 2020
In this episode, Brad Karp and his colleagues Robert Atkins and Michael Gertzman describe the development of the Paul | Weiss Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center website and teaming up with other firms to meet the tremendous need for pro bono services in the wake of this global pandemic.
The Challenge of COVID-19:Lawyers in Action, Episode 1
Ron Flagg, President of the Legal Services Corporation
Jackie Haberfeld, Pro Bono Counsel for Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jim Sandman, Chair of the ABA COVID-19 Task Force
April 14, 2020
This special PBI episode provides insights from legal experts at the forefront of organizing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, as well as from lawyers and legal staff mobilized to provide support. It will help listeners understand the depth and breadth of legal assistance needed to address the effects of the pandemic, and how to overcome the obstacles the legal community faces in finding and serving clients with the greatest need for help.
Global Pro Bono
Wendy Atrokhov and Harry Redford
Latham & Watkins
March 9, 2020
PBI talks to Wendy Atrokhov and Harry Redford of Latham & Watkins about global pro bono and the recently updated Global Pro Bono Survey, produced by Latham &Watkins with the support of PBI. The survey is part of an ongoing effort to promote and stimulate the growth of pro bono representation globally.
Summer in the City
Leah Calabro, Drew Sovel, Kyle Pham
September 19, 2019
In this special episode, we sat down with our fantastic summer interns, The George Washington University Law School’s Leah Calabro, the University of Michigan’s Drew Sovel, and the University of Michigan Law School’s Kyle Pham to talk about hip hop, their experiences at PBI working to promote pro bono and access to justice, ghostwriting, and much more.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
August 1, 2019
PBI talks to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Osvaldo Garcia about incorporating pro bono into his life as a busy law firm associate, his experience creating and directing the Cadwalader Black and Latino Association Immigration Clinic, how lawyers can be superheroes, and more.
July 11, 2019
PBI talks to Betsy Hutson from McGuireWoods about incorporating pro bono into her life as a busy law firm litigator, her experience representing survivors of human trafficking, and more.
June 20, 2019
Foley Hoag’s Rebecca Cazabon talks to us about the firm’s pro bono program, the access to justice culture in Boston, advice for summer associates, and more. Bonus music from Rebecca’s father, Salvador Cazabon, and his trio, Trio Los Treboles, and their rendition of “Guantanamera” by José Martí and Julián Orbón.
May 23, 2019
Husch Blackwell’s Margaret Richards talks to us about how pro bono “fuels her soul,” her career, the firm’s pro bono program, having a client cry tears of joy, and more.
Get Ready, Get Set! PBI’s 2019 Annual Conference Preview
February 28, 2019
We offer a preview of our upcoming Conference (March 27-29), exploring what’s new this year, opportunities for networking, cutting-edge issues that will be featured, and more.
Joe Sullivan (Part II)
February 7, 2019
We continue our conversation with Pepper Hamilton’s Joe Sullivan, discussing how to foster a culture of pro bono at a law firm, utilizing pro bono as a training tool, one of his first pro bono cases in Philadelphia, and more.
Joe Sullivan (Part I)
January 3, 2019
Pepper Hamilton’s Joe Sullivan talks to us about his career, “mandatory” pro bono, the access to justice culture in Philadelphia, and more.