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July 1, 2015

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Name Change Project seeks volunteers--Jul. 16, 2015
Poverty Simulation--Jul. 28, 2015
Register today for the ACBA Golf & Bocce Tournaments benefitting ACBF & NLSA
Support legal services by buying a Pebble Beach Raffle Ticket today!
Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a 2015 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award
Jeans for Justice 2015
Contact the Pro Bono Center


Name Change Project seeks volunteers--Jul. 16, 2015

For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing transgender individuals with adequate legal representation, the pro bono Name Change Project ensures that they can successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.

The Name Change Project and the Pro Bono Center invite you to learn about how to represent low-income transgender individuals in the name change process in Allegheny County. Volunteer attorneys from Reed Smith and BNY Mellon will be on hand to describe the project, share their experiences, and answer questions.

In advance of the lunch, please view the on-line training video for this project, available here: http://www.transgenderlegal.org/page.php?id=173. Then, we'll ask you to take a case.

The program will be held on July 16, 2015, 12:00 noon, in the ACBA's Academy Room, 9th Floor City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219. Lunch will be served.

RSVP by July 13, 2015, to bgriffin@acba.org.


Poverty Simulation--Jul. 28, 2015

Walk in the shoes of a person living in poverty

The Pro Bono Center and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will present a Poverty Simulation, a unique experience designed to empower volunteers to better assist families living with very low incomes.

Participants will assume various roles in families who are struggling to survive from week to week on very little. They will be given "play" money and fictional scenarios, and then must navigate through four 20-minute "weeks," balancing and negotiating the basic needs of daily life: food, housing, employment, child care, transportation, doctor visits, emergencies, etc. How would you cope in this situation?

Two free CLE ethics credits are available to participants who are current pro bono volunteers or who agree to take a pro bono case. The program will be held on July 28, 2015, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Registration and breakfast, 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. The simulation will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. CLICK HERE to register. The number of participants is limited so register soon!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If your firm or legal department is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Erin Rhodes at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org.


Register today for the ACBA Golf & Bocce Tournaments benefitting ACBF & NLSA

There is still time to register for the 23rd Annual ACBA Golf Tournament and 3rd Annual Bocce Tournament which will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015, at Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley. The day's activities will include 18 holes of golf on a premiere course, lunch, dinner, skill prizes, raffles, and auction.

Not a golfer? Fear not. You can sign up for the Bocce Tournament back by popular demand for the third year!

Tournament proceeds benefit the pro bono programs of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services Association.

To download a registration form, CLICK HERE. For more information, visit www.acbf.org.


Support legal services by buying a Pebble Beach Raffle Ticket today!

For the fourth year, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation is holding its Pebble Beach Golf Getaway raffle to benefit the pro bono legal programs of the ACBF and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Cost is $20 per ticket or $50 for 3 tickets.

Valued at over $5,700, the trip includes a four day/three night stay at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and golf for two on Pebble Beach's prestigious courses. The package includes $750 towards airfare. The winner is based on the Pennsylvania Daily Lottery of Monday, July 20, 2015, 7 p.m. drawing. The winner has the option of choosing the trip or a $4,000 cash prize!

To purchase tickets, please contact Erin Rhodes at the ACBF at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org, or stop by the ACBA Offices at: 400 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a 2015 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award

Please consider nominating an individual or organization for a 2015 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at the Fellows Reception on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Hotel Monaco. The award winners will also be honored at the Public Service Committee's annual volunteer recognition event which will be held during Pro Bono Week, October 25-31, 2015.

These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the delivery of free legal services to low-income individuals in Allegheny County. The purpose of the awards is both to honor outstanding work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged persons and to encourage others to emulate such commitment to equal access to justice. The emphasis of the awards is on the direct delivery of legal services to the poor and to small non-profit organizations that serve individuals of limited financial means. The award winners are determined by vote of the Public Service Committee, a joint committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

CLICK HERE for more information and to submit nominations online. CLICK HERE to see a list of past award winners.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, July 31, 2015, 5:00 p.m.


Jeans for Justice 2015

Jeans for Justice is back! Celebrate Pro Bono Week and kick off the 35th Anniversary of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation by holding a casual Friday to benefit the Pro Bono Center and its programs, which match volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals in desperate need of legal help.

Here's how it works. Employees of participating law firms and corporate legal departments make a small donation ($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 submits the donations to the bar foundation.

Don't miss out! To let us know that your firm or legal department will include Jeans for Justice in its fall plans, contact Erin Rhodes at erhodes@acba.org or 412-402-6641.

The following firms have already pledged to participate in Jeans for Justice 2015:

Burns White
Duane Morris
Jackson Kelly
Pepper Hamilton
Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Tucker Arensberg


Contact the Pro Bono Center

For more information on the Pro Bono Center, please visit our website at www.pittsburghprobono.org,or contact Barbara Griffin at bgriffin@acba.org or 412-402-6622.

For information about volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE to view the online Volunteer Opportunities Guide, or contact Elizabeth Parker Gaetani at egaetani@acba.org or 412-402-6628.  

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