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Matching busy lawyers with pro bono opportunities is not an exact science. It takes a willingness to try new things, to work with other organizations, and to make adjustments as the profession continues to change. Learn how some bar associations and foundations are helping their members meet the critical need for legal services for the poor and those with moderate means.
Here’s a look at some noteworthy new pro bono programs developed by bar associations, bar foundations, and other organizations across the country.
It used to be that things like CLE, a publication, and networking were enough to convince lawyers to join your bar association. Now, thanks in part to a recent revolution in lawyers’ technology use, they might ask, “What else have you got?” The good news, says Bob Ambrogi, is that you have a lot to offer—and a lot of new ideas to try. One tip: If you’re on social media, remember that the key word is social!
It’s no secret that times are tough for today’s new lawyers. What are some ways that bar associations are reaching out to help—and to prevent them from leaving when their free membership runs out? Did you know that, thanks to the recession, there’s a marked difference between new lawyers and young lawyers?
Want to keep your bar’s publications fresh and alive—and reach your members in new ways? Here, two innovative bar communicators share their tips and tools for using print and digital media to engage their readers, gain new ones ... and have some fun, too.
When the Attorney Referral Service of the San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Bar Association received an unusually large fee—$100,000—for one of its referred cases, it was clear that it would make a donation to the bar-affiliated Valley Community Legal Foundation. It ended up giving the entire $100,000, unrestricted. Learn how the bar association and foundation managed this generous gift.