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DIALOGUE Spring 2009

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A National Effort to Celebrate Pro Bono

By Sharon Browning, National Celebration of Pro Bono Consultant, and Steven Scudder, Committee Counsel, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

After years of discussion and planning for an annual national celebration of pro bono, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service chose 2009 as the optimum time to launch this important initiative. At the ABA Annual Meeting last year in New York, plans for the National Pro Bono Celebration were announced; the inaugural Celebration will take place the week of October 25-31, 2009.

Pro Bono as a Healing Art

By Kelly Scott, Staff Attorney, ABA Center for Pro Bono Medical-Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support Project

Medical-Legal Partnership
It can not be disputed that our health is greatly affected by our social circumstances. No amount of medication will help a child with asthma when she continues to live in an apartment overgrown with mold that the landlord refuses to remove. Nor will a child thrive without proper nutrition and access to health care. However, there is hope when doctors and lawyers work together. An innovative legal services delivery model is gaining momentum: medical-legal partnerships. The medical-legal partnership is an interdisciplinary approach to solving health issues that are rooted in social circumstances and can be alleviated with the intervention of a lawyer on the medical team. Two professions, typically at odds, work collectively to ensure the best outcomes for patients.

2009 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards

Recipients of the award will be recognized at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The 2009 recipients:

Federal Government Pro Bono Program
Gordon P. Erspamer

San Francisco, CA

Holocaust Survivors Justice Network
Hope Olsson

Rochester, NY

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
New York, NY

For information about purchasing tickets to the awards luncheon or placing a congratulatory advertisement in the luncheon program book, contact

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