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Support Immigrants in Two Easy Steps

Posted in Announcements, Immigration, Legal Services, Mobile, Resources, Technology, Website Launch

As we enter a new year and a new administration, immigrants and advocates have cause to worry. Last week’s executive orders on immigration signal real action on threats to deport large numbers of immigrants and punish the states and localities that try to protect them, among other draconian measures. Many are asking, “what can I… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Net at the 2017 TIG Conference

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Courts, Legal Services, Staff News, Technology

The 2017 Technology Initiative Grants Conference (TIG) kicks off on Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas. The TIG Conference brings together technologists, legal aid staff, courts, funders and others to explore innovative ways of using technology to promote full access to legal assistance for low-income individuals.   Pro Bono Net will be well-represented again this year, with a… Continue Reading

Representing Children in Immigration Matters: Effective Advocacy & Ethical Best Practices

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, PLI, Seminar, Webinar

In November, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) held an engaging seminar designed for attorneys representing children in immigration proceedings. Over the course of three panel discussions, PLI faculty and guest panelists discussed the unique challenges that they face while representing child clients. View a recording of the entire seminar HERE. Responding to a Humanitarian Crisis… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Net is at the NLADA’s 2016 Annual Conference!

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Staff News, Technology

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association‘s 2016 Annual Conference starts today and Pro Bono Net is participating! The NLADA’s annual training conference provides the opportunity for those in the civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities to exchange ideas and further develop their professional skills. Mark O’Brien, Sam Halpert and Mike Grunenwald… Continue Reading

A Court of Eight: PLI’s 18th Annual Supreme Court Review

Posted in Legal Services, PLI, Seminar, Webinar

This summer, the Practising Law Institute (PLI) held its 18th Annual Supreme Court Review. PLI faculty and guest panelists came together to discuss the most recent session of the Supreme Court’s greatest takeaways, surprises and insights. These experts discussed the most recent session’s cases, merits, and how the justices came to their conclusions. They also… Continue Reading

National Celebrate Pro Bono Week: Bonus Profile R. Gary Higgins, Jr.

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Volunteer Profile

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  To wrap up our Pro Bono Week celebration, we are taking… Continue Reading

Volunteering Through Technology Initiative: LiveHelp with Joan Archer

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Volunteer Profile

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  This year we are celebrating National Pro Bono Week through a special… Continue Reading

Volunteering Through Technology Initiative: LHI Forms with Nancy Watson

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Volunteer Profile

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  This year we are celebrating National Pro Bono Week through a special… Continue Reading

Volunteering Through Technology Initiative: Closing the Gap with Jordan Chisolm, Esq.

Posted in Announcements, Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  This year we are celebrating National Pro Bono Week through a special… Continue Reading

Online resources empower Spanish speaking communities in the US

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Resources, Technology

Hispanic Heritage month, a chance look at the wealth of contributions the Hispanic community has made and continues to make in our society, is almost over. As we celebrate the contributions, we continue to support our communities in achieving their dreams and goals by providing assistance in overcoming civil legal issues and access to justice. Continue… Continue Reading

Happy Citizenship Day!

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Mobile, Resources, Technology

In honor of Citizenship day this past weekend, the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net would like to highlight our new and improved Citizenshipworks mobile app! Citizenshipworks is an award-winning free online service that helps those who are eligible to apply for citizenship, step-by-step. With a DIY application and online and in-person legal support, Citizenshipworks is a one-stop-shop for… Continue Reading

Electronic Evidence: A Rose with a Thorn

Posted in Legal Services, PLI, Pro Bono, Resources, Seminar, Technology, Webinar

On August 8th, the Practising Law Institute presented a seminar/webinar entitled “Electronic Evidence in the New York State Courts: Representing the Legal Services Client 2016” to explore best practices, safety concerns, and ethical considerations in the case law surrounding electronic evidence for legal services clients in New York. Technology has become a ubiquitous part of… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Community Training Series: From Investment to Impact: Recent Outcomes Evaluations of Legal Aid Tech Projects

Posted in Legal Services, Resources, Technology, Webinar

Jillian Theil is the Pro Bono Net Training and Field Support Coordinator and has been with Pro Bono Net since 2011. She manages the LSNTAP/PBN Community Training series.   LSNTAP and PBN recently held a webinar on evaluations, “From Investment to Impact: Recent Outcomes Evaluations of Legal Aid Tech Projects.” The training explored technology project evaluation… Continue Reading

A Law Student Perspective into the 2016 NYS Civil Legal Aid Tech Conference

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Technology

On June 23rd 2016, the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, in partnership with NYSTech, held the New York Statewide Civil Legal Aid Technology Conference. Pro Bono Net’s summer legal intern was in attendance and offers her perspective on the conference below. Darlene Mottley is a 2L student at Brooklyn Law School in New York.    As… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/ PBN Community Training Series: 50 Tech Tips 2016

Posted in Legal Services, Resources, Staff News, Technology, Webinar

Jillian Theil is the Pro Bono Net Training and Field Support Coordinator and has been with Pro Bono Net since 2011. She manages the LSNTAP/PBN Community Training series. Stay tuned for more LSNTAP blogs this summer!     Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP kicked off their 2016 LSNTAP Community Training series with the recurring favorite,… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Net Staff Shares Expertise at 2016 Equal Justice Conference

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Legal Services, Press Release, Staff News, Technology

For Immediate Release May 9, 2016 CONTACT: Jax Gitzes, Pro Bono Net 212-760-2554 x462 | jgitzes@probono.net Strengthening Partnerships among Key Players in the Civil Justice System At the 2016 Equal Justice Conference (EJC) this week, several Pro Bono Net staff members will be presenting at multiple sessions on a variety of equal justice issues. The Conference takes… Continue Reading

National Reentry Week 2016: LawHelp Interactive online forms help people apply for expungement

Posted in Announcements, Legal Services, Resources, Staff News, Technology

This week has been designated National Reentry Week by the US Department of Justice. Those who have served their time and paid their debt to society, are at a disadvantage when reentering into the main stream. Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Interactive provides access to online forms for those who qualify for expungement. One of the… Continue Reading

Microsoft partners with Legal Services Corporation and Pro Bono Net to create access to Justice Portal

Posted in Announcements, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Staff News, Technology

Posted April 19, 2016 by Dave Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Regulatory Affairs team at Microsoft Dave leads Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs team, which is focused on privacy, accessibility, telecommunications and computer security policy and regulation worldwide. Dave joined Microsoft in 1994 and for many years oversaw its antitrust work. He is… Continue Reading

Document Assembly: An Essential Building Block for the Access to Justice Ecosystem

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Resources, Staff News, Technology

We are delighted to announce that Claudia Johnson, Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Interactive Program Manager, was invited to author a guest article for the Self-Represented Litigation Network entitled “Document Assembly : An Essential Building Block for the Access to Justice Ecosystem.” In this piece she not only describes the innovation and extensive reach of LawHelp… Continue Reading

Major Themes from the 2016 TIG Conference: A First Timer’s Perspective

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Resources, Technology

Sam Halpert is Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Program Coordinator. He came to Pro Bono Net in September 2015 from the National Association for Law Placement, where he developed and maintained PSJD.org. He received his JD cum laude from Georgetown Law and his BA cum laude in History & Literature from Harvard University. He is currently… Continue Reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Step Forward for Immigrant Women

Posted in Announcements, Launch, Legal Services, Resources, Technology, Website Launch

There are approximately 5.2 million undocumented women living in and contributing to the United States, many of whom may qualify for immigration relief now or in the near future. The Migration Policy Institute predicts that women may be more likely to be eligible for DAPA, and many women who are crime victims or survivors of… Continue Reading

Human Trafficking in Immigrant Communities: Special Considerations When the Immigrant is a Victim

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, PLI, Pro Bono, Resources, Webinar

As part of Practising Law Institute’s “Human Trafficking in Immigrant Communities” webinar a panel addressed special considerations for immigrant victims of human trafficking. Unlike domestic human trafficking victims, immigrants face additional hurdles related to their immigration status, cultural norms, and family hostage situations. Moderated by Melissa Brennan, Deputy Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative at… Continue Reading