The 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 clients with low incomes, and recruit and train additional volunteers. Here are some ways to join the celebration!
Pittsburgh Paralegal Association Annual Meeting
Paralegals play a vital role in assisting attorneys as they represent clients with low incomes—managing pro bono programs, preparing documents, doing client intake, reporting statistics, filing things at court, and more. ACBA/ACBF Public Service Committee member and former chair Kathryn Norton will speak about pro bono opportunities for paralegals at the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association’s annual meeting.
Wills Clinic CLE and Volunteer Opportunity
The Pro Bono Center will partner with Duquesne University School of Law to provide a CLE and volunteer opportunity to help senior citizens with low incomes prepare simple wills and other advanced planning documents. The CLE will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 12:00 noon-2:30 p.m. at Duquesne Law School. The next day, volunteer attorneys will meet with clients at Spartan Community Center in Hazelwood.
PITTSBURGH PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Reed Smith
The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership annual meeting will feature remarks from William Isler
, former Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media and the president of Family Communications, Inc. Attendees will also learn about Partnership projects and how your firm or corporate legal department can get involved. Click here
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION Luncheon
Noon - 1 p.m., Hotel Monaco
The Public Service Committee will thank and recognize volunteers who provided pro bono services to clients with low incomes in the past year through Pro Bono Center member organizations and projects. Special guest Nicole Molinaro—CEO of the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh—will join us to talk about the impact of volunteerism and the continuing need for legal representation for the most vulnerable members of our communities. Enjoy lunch and door prizes. This event is FREE to volunteers. Click here
to RSVP by October 17.
“JEANS FOR JUSTICE” DAY
Join the Pittsburgh legal community as we dress-down 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% of the proceeds go toward supporting programs that provide free legal services to residents of Allegheny County. Click here
for more information and to donate directly, or contact Jessica Pfauth at firstname.lastname@example.org