About the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals

Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Center for Pro BonoDivision for Legal Services

NAPBPro is an independent organization of pro bono professionals. Because its work is so closely allied with that of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, the ABA has provided this web space for its use.

Created in 1987, NAPBPro is the only national organization devoted to promoting pro bono services to the poor and the professional development of pro bono managers and professionals and others interested in this field

NAPBPRO President's Message

July 2009

The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) continues to grow and find ways to provide value for membership. Part of our mission continues to be the promotion of pro bono and bringing members together. This year, we plan to increase the value of membership by providing things that members have been asking for.

First, if you have not visited the new website, NAPBPro.net, please do. We would like members to post their celebratory events to the calendar. This will allow all of us to see what other communities do to say thank you, and possibly not reinvent the wheel. Nothing grows pro bono better than sharing ideas and resources. If you have a pro bono event coming up in the next 12 (twelve months) please, take a moment a put it on the calendar. If you have difficulty doing that, you can contact Pete Fierro at fierrop@lanwt.org.

Many members of the Executive Committee have been in the pro bono business for more than 10 years, because of that, we plan to bring webinar trainings to our members, and to new pro bono professionals in the course of this year. Again, sharing of resources is a guarantee of pro bono growth.

To each of you reading this, NAPBPro is your member organization. Please feel free to contact ANY member of the Executive Committee if there is something we can do for you. Making NAPBPro responsive and relevant to our membership is the primary goal of my term as President. With NAPBPro.net, the initiation of Webinar trainings, the William Reese Smith award, the Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional award and the $650 Hanna Cohn Scholarships for the Equal Justice Conference, I believe we will be responding well to your requests but, we are prepared to do more with your input.

Another important change this year is the addition of 2 scholarships to the Nuts and Bolts Pro Bono training that occurs immediately prior to the Equal Justice Conference. We want to encourage new pro bono professionals to take advantage of this training and believe that providing financial assistance will be beneficial. The scholarship will include a 1 (one) year membership in NAPBPro, Nuts n Bolts registration fee and the cost of one night at the hotel. ($300).

2009 Available Scholarships

Equal Justice Conference - $650. for members only (2 available)
Nuts and Bolts - $330 for non members new to pro bono (2 available)

There will be a free Webinar open to all pro bono professionals during National Pro Bono Week. The working title is Working with Pro Bono Clients: How to Train Your Volunteers.

Congratulations to this year’s winners: Meg Connolly, Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the year and Stephen P. Griebel, the William Reece Smith, Jr. Special Service to Pro Bono Award Winner.

I have attached the NAPBPro Executive Committee names and their contact information to this report. Please feel free to contact your local committee member, or any other member at any time. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.

Respectfully submitted,

Helenka Marculewicz

http://NAPBPro.net is the New Members Website

Helenka Marculewicz, President
Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project         
109 N Main St Ste 610
(888) 346-3857
Fax (937) 461-3442
Term Expires: 2011
Great Lakes Region
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Pete Fierro, President Elect
LANWT - Midland Office
212 N Main St Ste 101
Midland TX 79701
(432) 686-0647 x5507
Fax (432) 682-7907
Term Expires: 2010
Southwest Central Region
(Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas)
Jennifer van Dulmen, Secretary
Community Legal Aid Services
50 South Main Street Suite 800
Akron, OH 44308
(330) 983-2531
Fax (330) 535-0728
Term Expires: 2012
Great Lakes Region
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Pam Wandzel, Treasurer
Pro Bono Coordinator
Fredrikson & Byron
200 S Sixth Street Ste 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 492-7608
Fax (612) 492-7077
Term Expires: 2011
Upper Midwest Region
(Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)
Brenda Schexnider, Past President
Arcadiana Legal Service Corporation
PO Box 2148
Lake Charles LA 70601
(337) 439-0377
(337) 438-0636
Term Expires: 2012
Southeast Central Region
(Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)
Carol Craighill
Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
PO Box 895
Boise, ID 83701-0895
(208) 334-4510 x1870
Fax (208) 334-4515
Term Expires: 2012
Mountain Pacific Region
(Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)
Martha Delaney
Volunteer Lawyers Network
600 Nicollet Mall #390A
Minneapolis MN 55402
(612) 752-6657
Fax (612) 752-6656
Term Expires: 2011
Upper Midwest Region
(Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)
Patricia Gerrich
Volunteer Lawyers Program
PO Box 21538
Phoenix AZ 85036-1538
(602) 254-4714
Fax (602) 254-9059
Term Expires: 2010
Rocky Mountain Region
(Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming)
Lisa Lendo
Capital Area Legal Service Corporation
200 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 338-5270
Fax (225) 338-3109
Term Expires: 2010
Southeast Central Region
(Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)
Andrea Fitanides
Volunteer Legal Services Program
of San Francisco Bar Association
301 Battery Street 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 782-9000 X8714
Fax (415) 477-2390
Term Expires: 2011
California Region
Roselle Margolis
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
PO Box 26087
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 856-2149
(919) 839-8370
Term Expires: 2010
South Atlantic Region
(Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
Virginia Martin
New Hampshire Bar Association
2 Pillsbury Street Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-6942
Fax (603) 224-2910
Term Expires: 2011
New England Region
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamphsire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Miriam Pismeny
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550-3903
(516) 292-8299
Fax (516) 292-2618
Term Expires: 2012
Middle Atlantic Region
(D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
Ellena Simmons
LANWT - Forth Worth
400 N Beach 2nd Floor
Ft. Worth, TX 76111
(817) 336-3957 ext. 5024
Fax (817) 877-0804
Term Expires: 2012
Southwest Central Region
(Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas)
Victoria Webb
Nashville Pro Bono Program
300 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 780-7131
Fax (615) 244-4920
Term Expires: 2010
Southeast Central Region
(Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)

http://NAPBPro.net is the New Members Website

Updated: 6/21/2010