May 19, 2020 Rapid Response

Pro Bono Services in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to the provision of pro bono legal services. A host of new legal needs are arising out of the pandemic and shutdowns across the country while at the same time, in person meetings and gatherings are discouraged or prohibited. Pro bono programs must adapt their volunteer opportunities to continue to serve clients in need. This webinar reviewed the legal needs stemming from the pandemic and highlighted the ways pro bono programs, law firms, and bar associations are mobilizing to address pandemic related legal needs in these challenging times.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn

Panelists

  • Michael Bergmann, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative

  • Kurt Denk, Pro Bono Counsel, City Bar Justice Center

  • Steven H. Schulman, Pro Bono Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Co-President, Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO)

  • Cheryl Zalenski, Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service; Director, ABA Center for Pro Bono

Moderator

Joint Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

Co-Sponsor:  ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

Resources

Presentation: Kurt Denk

Transcript: Pro Bono Services in the Time of COVID-19