Dear Friends,

As we enter 2016, the mission of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice, is more important than ever before. We are a nation of laws, yet we do not provide legal support in any comprehensive way for the millions of people who cannot afford a lawyer when they really need one—victims of natural disasters, battered women, children fleeing persecution in their home countries, and many others. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net is helping address the access to justice gap.

In 2009 Mark O’Brien, Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director, came to Seattle to urge Microsoft to get involved in promoting access to justice through technology.  His pitch was simple: technology can act as a “force multiplier,” enabling volunteer lawyers to reach people in need far more efficiently and enabling people to help themselves.

That message certainly resonated with Microsoft, and with me. Six years later, I’m proud to serve as the Chair of the Board of Pro Bono Net. I have seen the impact of Pro Bono Net’s technology solutions firsthand, and am more convinced than ever in the efficacy of these solutions. At the same time, technology alone can’t really achieve anything—we need people to contribute their time, talent and resources. (Technology is just a tool.) The networks and partnerships Pro Bono Net has cultivated over the years with other legal services organizations have been crucial in getting vital resources and legal information to volunteer lawyers and people who represent themselves.

Today Pro Bono Net is running multiple programs, including,, LawHelp Interactive, and the Immigration Advocates Network. These programs help people to help themselves and help volunteer lawyers to be far more effective. This year alone more than 8 million people used Pro Bono Net’s resources to help address their legal needs. We look forward to another productive year in 2016!


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David A. Heiner, Pro Bono Net Board Chair


Dave is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. Dave’s team focuses on privacy, telecommunications, accessibility, Internet safety and human rights. In addition to serving as Pro Bono Net’s Board Chair, Dave encourages Microsoft lawyers to take on immigration cases through Microsoft’s partnership with Kids In Need of Defense, and works with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to assist “Dreamers” in qualifying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. Pictured above with Dave (far right) at Pro Bono Net’s Annual Event at Latham & Watkins are (L-R): Mark O’Brien, Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director; LeeAnn Black, Latham & Watkins & Pro Bono Net Board; Wendy Atrokhov, Latham & Watkins; and Niki DeMel, Pro Bono Net Staff.



  • Nikki Seven

    hi my name is Ebonie Jones and I’ve been searching all over for a pro bono deportation defense attorney in new Jersey state and haven’t found not one even with the listing that they hand the detainees in jail most of those attorneys either cannot represent my fiance whose detained by immigration in Essex county jail or either legal aid services wont help with whatever excuse they want to make up to not help my fiance its sad because i need an attorney for his immigration bail that’s upcoming towards the end of January as well as for my fiance case how can i get a legit pro bono immigration deportation defense attorney? and yes i used lsng and pro and it just led me down a blind alley can someone please help my email address is if you can cause we have five kids here and we have a very large family im trying to keep my fiance and my family together

  • Lisa Bender Kline

    Hi and Happy New Year. Wish I could say it’s off to a good start. It was until 5pm eastern time zone. PLEASE HELP! If there is anyone out there who can help my daughter and my grandchildren. Im begging for anyone’s help who can represent or help my daughter. She is in need of representation in a custody battle. She can not afford an attorney. We already had the big custody battle and she was granted primary physical custody of her son. However this has not stopped the biological father from filing false information to have protection orders taken out against my daughter on their son’s behalf. PLEASE HELP if anyone can. My grandsons mental well-being depends on it! Thank you in advance. Please respond via email to….my daughter lives in Chesapeake Virginia.