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Pittsburgh Pro Bono Week 2016

October 23 - 29

Celebrate Pro BonoThe Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation will celebrate national Pro Bono Week with a variety of events in October. Pro Bono Week is an opportunity to thank volunteers, recognize the life-changing work that pro bono attorneys perform on behalf of low-income clients, and recruit and train additional volunteers.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

5 – 7 p.m., Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Public interest and pro bono attorneys will be on hand to talk with students from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law at the annual Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception. Students at the Pitt and Duquesne law schools are encouraged to attend and network with attorneys while celebrating the bench and the public interest bar.

Thursday, Oct. 20

5:30 p.m., Hotel Monaco

The Board of Trustees and Fellows Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation will host an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the members of the ACBF Fellows Program. We will induct the Fellows Class of 2016, present the 2016 Pro Bono Achievement Awards and hear from Fellows grant recipients who are making an impact in the community. CLICK HERE to register.

Monday, Oct. 24

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Rivers Club

The Public Service Committee will thank and recognize volunteers who provided pro bono services to low-income clients in the past year through Pro Bono Center member organizations and projects. This event is FREE to Pro Bono Center volunteers.

Join us for a fun, interactive, buffet lunch. No long speeches, just an opportunity to celebrate with fellow volunteers, recognize the winners of the 2016 Pro Bono Achievement Awards and discover new opportunities to give back. Plus door prizes! RSVP by Monday, Oct. 17. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

Thursday, Oct. 27

4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Reed Smith Centre

The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership annual meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Jim Withers regarding the work of Operation Safety Net (OSN), which provides men and women living on the streets in Pittsburgh with access to health care, hope and dignity. Dr. Withers will also discuss the collaboration between OSN and the Partnership’s H.E.L.P. Project, which provides pro bono legal services to clients of OSN.

Friday, Oct. 28

Jeans for Justice

Ask your firm or corporation to hold a dress-down day for a good cause. Here’s how it works: Employees of participating offices make a small donation (ex. $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 sends the total amount collected to the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. 100 percent of the proceeds go toward supporting programs that provide free legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County. CLICK HERE for more information or contact Barbara Griffin at or 412-402-6622.

Friday, Oct. 28
Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records to Remove Employment and Housing Barriers

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Koppers Building, 9th Floor

Many Pennsylvanians are caught in a vicious cycle of headaches, roadblocks and deferred dreams because of past criminal offenses. Because of their criminal records, individuals face barriers that often prevent them from securing viable employment, safe and secure housing and/or federal student loans. During this program, attorneys can learn about how Pennsylvania's expungement and new sealing laws may serve as tools to help individuals overcome these barriers by assisting them with reentry and restoration, and reducing the chances of recidivism. The course includes training on how to draft the necessary petitions. The course is free for attorneys who volunteer at the city-wide expungement clinic on Monday, Nov. 14 and/or who take a pro bono expungement case from a legal aid program within one year. Regular ACBA CLE tuition rates apply to non-volunteers.CLICK HERE to register online.