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DIALOGUEFall 2011
VOL. 15, NO. 2
News and Perspectives from the ABA Division for Legal Services
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  Pro Bono

Social Media and Pro Bono: An Essential for Program Success
By Adrienne Packard, Staff Attorney, ABA Center for Pro Bono

Online social media has achieved a permanent place in modern society. What started out as a fun activity for young people has blossomed into a mainstream tool used not only for social interaction but also business networking and marketing. Use of social media extends across nationalities and age brackets and should be considered regardless of a program’s constituency. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Larry McDevitt

How many times – how many years – have we sat through a thoughtful, well-intentioned speech by yet another leader of our profession as he or she instructs, cajoles, encourages, and admonishes us about our responsibilities in pro bono – as if this were news to us? Read more...

2011 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award Recipients
By Jamie Hochman-Herz, Assistant Committee Counsel,
ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to honor individual lawyers, law firms, law schools, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor. Read more...



  IOLTA

Reaching Out to the Nation’s Veterans
By Susan Updike, Assistant Staff Counsel, ABA Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts

Veterans are among the neediest populations in the US and are plagued by a host of legal issues.  Programs throughout the country funded by IOLTA have stepped in the gap to provide services and rally the legal community to help returning service men and women. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Lora J. Livingston

Even when interest rates and IOLTA income are at historic lows and projections for the future remain pessimistic, it is a privilege to work with a community that rallies together to advance equal access to justice. Read more...

Grantee Spotlight: TeamChild® In Washington State: Ensuring At-Risk Youth Have An Opportunity to Succeed
By Kalila Jackson-Spieker

Young people often come to the juvenile justice system with a host of serious issues that contribute to criminal or other problem behavior.  While their involvement in the juvenile justice system may lead some to believe that they are ‘bad kids,’ many of these youth are marginalized because of poverty, disability, abuse and neglect. Read more...

News and Notes

The Commission on IOLTA welcomes new members Susan M. Erlichman, John Gunn, P. Arley Harrel, Penina Kessler Lieber and Arnold C. Macdonald for the 2011-2012 bar year. Read more...


  LRIS

Coping with the Recession: How LRIS Programs are Weathering the Economic Storm
By Carole Conn

Three years after the economic crash and the start of the Great Recession, economic instability still reigns.  For the middle and working class individuals who are the mainstay clientele of Lawyer Referral and Information Services nationwide, the economic downturn is reflected back to us daily in their calls and emails. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Sheldon Warren

When I walked into the office of my local Bar’s LRIS for the first time to do volunteer client intake, I never suspected that lawyer referral would become a career long commitment or, more appropriately, passion. Read more...

What Does The “Perspectives On Finding Personal Legal Services” Study Mean For Your LRIS?
By George D. Wolff

In this interview, Maureen O’Connor, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Instructor at the School of Business Administration at Portland State University, discusses a recent study released by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services in February 2011, “Perspectives on Finding Personal Legal Services.” Read more...


  LAMP

Youth in Military Families: An Invisible At-Risk Population
By Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), Merina Bigley, and Hathaway Burden

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) has begun convening periodic Roundtable events at locations around the country, bringing together area stakeholders to identify and discuss the civil legal needs of military members and their families in the community, and to coordinate efforts to meet those needs. Read more...

From the Chair...
By David G. Ehrhart, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)

It is my pleasure to be taking up the position of Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) during this 2011-12 bar year. Read more...


  SCLAID

Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Receives 2011 Harrison Tweed Award

The Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association received the 2011 Harrison Tweed Award during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Toronto. Created in 1956, this award is given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Read more...