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DIALOGUESpring/Summer 2013
VOL. 16, NO. 4
News and Perspectives from the ABA Division for Legal Services
Pro Bono
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New Lawyer Inc(ubator) Program
By Marion Smithberger and Jocelyn Armstrong

The Columbus Bar Association (CBA) created a fifteen month inc(ubator) program to help new lawyers (inclings) who wanted to establish a small or solo practice. While new attorneys may have the legal acumen to "hang their own shingle," they may not necessarily have the requisite business or management experience to start and maintain a law practice. Read more...

From the Chair...
By John Norwine

We all know that we have panel members out there who owe us fees for closed files or matters that were completed in the past. Now, they may have simply forgotten that it was an LRS case, they might believe it came from another source, they may have changed offices and left the file at their old office, or they might not have bothered to send in the proper fee. Read more...

2013 National Lawyer Referral Workshop

October 23–27, 2013 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, Georgia


Charitable Giving Strategies for Bank Aligned Foundations
By Thurman Smith

Let us acknowledge that raising money is not easy. Today's foundations face less than favorable economic conditions (including the woefully familiar scenario of low interest rates and lower returns in the equity markets) all while deluged with increased demands by an endless ebb of deserving philanthropies. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Penina Lieber

In April, the Commission held its spring meeting in Albuquerque New Mexico. We were fortunate to be joined by members of the Center for Civic Values, the entity that administers Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA). Present were Michelle Giger, President and CEO; Anthony Gonzales, Treasurer and CFO; and Lynda Latta, Board Chair. Read more...

Grantee Spotlight:
Immigration Services and Beyond: Catholic Migration Services

By Robert McCreanor

On a Tuesday evening in the Woodside section of Queens, NY, hundreds of immigrants gather in the meeting space of a parish hall. Reflecting the unrivaled diversity of their city, they hail from dozens of different countries, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Read more...

News and Notes

The Commission on IOLTA congratulates newly appointed IOLTA directors Melissa Flynn and Stephanie Libhart. Read more...

  Pro Bono

Advancing Pro Bono through Access to Justice Commissions
By Steve Grumm, Director, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives

Access to Justice Commissions are spearheading creative, and replicable, initiatives to engage all segments of the private bar in pro bono work that rewards lawyers while narrowing the justice gap. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Larry McDevitt

The Pro Bono Committee is the principal entity charged with the missions of developing and expanding pro bono policies, programs, and representation throughout the United States. Read more...

News & Events

2013 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards and Luncheon and the 2013 National Celebration of Pro Bono Read more...


The ABA and MOAA: A Partnership to Support the Caregivers of the Military Wounded
By Jason Vail, Chief Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel

With the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan of the past decade, the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) has, in recent years, expanded the scope of its focus and work to support military attorneys not only through education and policy development—as it has traditionally done—but also by delivering programs that directly reach these attorneys' military family clients. Read more...

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

One of the greatest benefits of involvement with the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) is that I, my fellow committee members, and our liaisons are all constantly reminded of the tremendous work done by military legal assistance attorneys both on bases here at home as well as locations around the world. Read more...