Barbara Griffin, Esq.
Director of the Pro Bono Center
Ms. Griffin is the Director of the Pro Bono Center for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, where she creates, manages, and supports legal services programs that provide volunteer attorneys to low-income persons facing legal issues that threaten basic human needs such as housing, employment, income maintenance, and family structure. She is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to the provision of pro bono legal services. Although she began in private practice at both large and small law firms, Ms. Griffin has spent most of her legal career in public interest law. She served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, where she provided general counsel to the agency and wrote advisory opinions on a wide range of legal issues. She worked for the Texas House of Representatives writing reports and summaries of legislative developments on public policy issues for state legislators. Ms. Griffin also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gene Strassburger in the Civil Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she serves on the council of the Homer S. Brown Division. Ms. Griffin received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where she was as an Executive Editor of the Texas Law Review. She holds a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Georgetown University.
Patricia Jones Esq.
Pro Bono Staff Attorney
Ms. Jones manages programs that deliver legal services to low-income individuals, as well as programs that match volunteer lawyers with low-income individuals in need of legal representation. Ms. Jones is primarily responsible for managing the Divorce Law Project, which uses staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys and law student interns to represent low-income individuals seeking simple, uncontested divorces.