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Spring 2017

Vol. 20 No. 2  

Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Pro Bono: From the Chair

On January 5, 2017, the National Law Journal reported that the law school class of 2016 performed more than 2.2 million hours of pro bono while they were law students. The National Law Journal valued that time at more than $52 million dollars. This information was compiled by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and it is the first time that a nationwide student pro bono survey has been conducted.

Pro Bono

Why Courts Benefit from Partnerships with Pro Bono Legal Services

For the past 10 years, San Francisco Superior Court has partnered with two nonprofit organizations to provide self-represented litigants in unlawful detainers an “attorney of the day” at their mandatory settlement conferences. Prior to this project, called the Housing Negotiation Project, self-represented litigants (mostly tenant defendants) had to negotiate directly with the landlord attorney at their settlement conferences.



Cy Pres Awards, Legal Aid and Access to Justice

Cy pres awards, which in the class action context most often arise from undistributed residual funds in the case, have become an important source of funding for legal aid and access to justice over the past decade. And appropriately so, as the one common denominator in all class action cases is that they are fundamentally about access to justice, a principle that increasingly is recognized by state supreme courts and legislatures and a host of state and federal courts around the country.

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