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National Volunteer Week 2018 Highlight: #STANDWITHIMMIGRANTS – Connecting Volunteers to Resources and Opportunities

Posted in Immigration, Pro Bono, Resources, Technology

In honor of National Volunteer Week we will be highlighting volunteers and sharing ways lawyers and advocates can get involved. Today we would like to highlight the StandWithImmigrants campaign from Immigration Advocates Network. We need volunteers to join the campaign and pledge to Stand with Immigrants! Visit www.standwithimmigrants.org to get involved. The site offers volunteer opportunities,… Continue Reading

National Volunteer Week 2018 Highlight: City Bar Volunteers Kick Off FEMA Appeals Clinics

Posted in Disaster Legal Aid, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Resources, Volunteer Profile

In honor of National Volunteer Week we will be highlighting volunteers and sharing ways lawyers and advocates can get involved. Today we would like to highlight the work of the Pro Bono FEMA Appeals Clinics which were initiated in response to the 2017 hurricane season. Probono.net/ny is the New York state network site of probono.net and… Continue Reading

Now on immi: Make A Plan to Protect You and Your Family

Posted in Announcements, Immigration, Mobile, Resources, Social Media, Technology

What if you or a loved one were taken abruptly by immigration enforcement agents? What would you need to prepare for yourself and your family? At a time of increased and aggressive immigration enforcement, it is good practice to be well-equipped and take appropriate steps to be prepared. “Make A Plan” is a new resource… Continue Reading

LawHelp Interactive (LHI) Goes Mobile

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

After completing a major technology rebuild of LawHelp Interactive’s (LHI’s) backend in 2015, the LHI team shifted focus to improving the look and feel of LHI. That same year, about 20% of users accessing lawhelpinteractive.org were doing so with mobile and tablet devices making it clear that the mobile and tablet experience should be a… Continue Reading

immi One Year In: Online Tool Helps Immigrants Protect Their Future

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

The current Administration is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of people, and the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is uncertain. Detention and deportation rates are up. How can communities protect themselves? Immi.org, a project of the Immigration Advocates Network, provides free information in English and Spanish to empower… Continue Reading

National Disaster Legal Aid Efforts – How the Legal Community Can Help Hurricane Survivors 

Posted in Announcements, Disaster Legal Aid, Legal Services, PLI, Resources

Like many of you, Pro Bono Net’s thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. As advocates for justice, you no doubt share our concerns about the disproportionate and long-term impact disasters often have on low-income and other vulnerable communities, as well as the direct impact these hurricanes have had on nonprofit legal aid… Continue Reading

New Text Management Tool: An Interview with Angela Tripp and Bob Aubin

Posted in Legal Services, Resources, Technology

In 2016, Michigan Legal Help (MLH) partnered with expert developer Bob Aubin, and Pro Bono Net to create a tool that helps online form developers automate the identification of text that needs to be translated. When an interview for Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Interactive (LHI) needs to be changed to plain language, or to any other target… Continue Reading

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

IAN Presents their Fifth Annual E-Conference Fundraiser

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Immigration, Libraries, Pro Bono, Resources, Staff News, Technology, Webinar

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its fifth annual e-conference fundraiser, “Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law,” from October 31 to November 4, 2016. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts on representing children, administrative advocacy, entry & admission, U visas, and provisional waivers. We explore… 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

Attorneys Joining Nonprofit Boards: PLI Webinar

Posted in PLI, Pro Bono, Resources, Webinar

Nicole is a senior at the Sy Syms School of Business in Manhattan studying business management and psychology. She is currently a Summer Development & Communications intern at the Pro Bono Net New York Headquarters.   On July 12, 2016, the Practicing Law Institute, a nonprofit continuing legal education and professional training organization, hosted a… 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

Live LawHelp Interactive (LHI) Developer Training: July 11-12, 2016

Posted in Announcements, Resources, Seminar, Technology

We are excited to announce that the next live LawHelp Interactive (LHI) developer training will take place July 11-12, 2016 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Why Attend? Participants in this free training will learn how to author interactive interviews for self-represented litigants, volunteer attorneys or advocates. For those already familiar with the… Continue Reading

Resources for Advocates Working with Immigrant Families

Posted in Announcements, Pro Bono, Resources, Technology

Author: Abigail Krusemark, Immigrant Youth Resources Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA) Newly arrived, undocumented Central American children and families face many challenges in the United States: understanding their rights, finding a lawyer, and enrolling children in school, among others. The increase in arrivals has also put pressure on the courts, nonprofit legal and social service providers, and volunteer… 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

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

The Coming of Age of Non-profit Tech

Posted in Conferences, Resources, Staff News, Technology

This March, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in San Jose. It was my fourth NTC – I attended ’12 in San Francisco, ’13 in Minneapolis, and ’15 online. This year, I attended sessions on community engagement, technology project management, and systems design, and arranged a small (but mighty!) dinner… Continue Reading

Harness social media to grow your organization – register for FREE today!

Posted in Announcements, PLI, Resources, Seminar, Social Media, Staff News, Technology, Webinar

Next Steps in Social Media for Nonprofits and Public Interest Organizations: Deepening Your Online Outreach and Engagement Strategies Webcast Available Join Pro Bono Net’s Program Manager, Liz Keith for The Practising Law Institutes newest free seminar for nonprofits! On March 30th, 2016, PLI is hosting a seminar/webinar to discuss the use of social media by legal organizations and nonprofits, as… 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