National Pro Bono Week: October 23-29, 2016

Pro Bono

Pro bono publico (English: for the public good; usually shortened to pro bono) is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

Lawyers in the United States are recommended under American Bar Association (ABA) ethical rules to contribute at least fifty hours of pro bono service per year.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_bono#United_States

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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service chose to launch this important initiative because of the increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand. The National Pro Bono Celebration can be an effective strategic tool for enhancing and expanding local efforts to increase access to justice for all. Use it to increase pro bono participation and expand legal services to low income individuals and groups.

Although national in breadth, the Celebration provides an opportunity for local legal associations across the country to take the next step in their efforts to provide high quality legal services to those living on the social margins.

A guiding principle of the Pro Bono Committee is to support these local efforts and to assist in their growth and effectiveness by providing information, planning guides, resources, and consultation services through this website. The legal needs of the poor are local issues, and although nationwide, this celebration is intended to have a local focus and impact. Goals for the celebration include:
1. Recruiting more pro bono volunteers and increasing legal services to poor and vulnerable people.
2. Mobilizing community support for pro bono.
3. Fostering collaborative relationships
4. Recognizing the pro bono efforts of America’s lawyers

For more: http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/


Over the past seven years, with your help, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in creating an annual national spotlight on pro bono.

Our collective efforts are helping to increase access to justice for all!

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Presidential Memorandum — Establishment of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Establishment of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to increase the availability of meaningful access to justice for individuals and families and thereby improve the outcomes of an array of Federal programs, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. This Nation was founded in part on the promise of justice for all. Equal access to justice helps individuals and families receive health services, housing, education, and employment; enhances family stability and public safety; and secures the public’s faith in the American justice system. Equal access to justice also advances the missions of an array of Federal programs, particularly those designed to lift Americans out of poverty or to keep them securely in the middle class. But gaps in the availability of legal aid — including legal representation, advice, community education, and self-help and technology tools — for America’s poor and middle class threaten to undermine the promise of justice for all and constitute a crisis worthy of action by the Federal Government.

The majority of Americans who come to court do so without legal aid. They may be left by their economic circumstances to face life-altering events — such as losing a home or custody of children, or escaping domestic violence or elder abuse — on their own. More than 50 million Americans qualify for federally funded civil legal aid, but over half of those who seek assistance are turned away from legal aid organizations, which lack the funds and staff to meet the demand.

When people come into contact with or leave the criminal justice system, they are likely to face a range of legal issues. A victim of abuse may need a protective order, or a formerly incarcerated individual may need a driver’s license reinstated in order to get a job. Access to legal aid can help put people on a path to self-sufficiency, lead to better outcomes in the civil and criminal justice systems, and enhance the safety and strength of our communities. Increased legal resources in a community can also help courts process cases more effectively and more efficiently, saving time and money.

Federal programs that are designed to help the most vulnerable and underserved among us may more readily achieve their goals if they include legal aid among the range of services they provide.

By encouraging Federal departments and agencies to collaborate, share best practices, and consider the impact of legal services on the success of their programs, the Federal Government can enhance access to justice in our communities.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/24/presidential-memorandum-establishment-white-house-legal-aid-interagency

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National Pro Bono Celebration
October 23-29, 2016

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20 thoughts on “National Pro Bono Week: October 23-29, 2016

  1. WH

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    Vice President Biden participate in a roundtable on the Cancer Moonshot at the University of Vermont Medical Center
    University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden Participates in a Roundtable on the Cancer Moonshot
    Burlington, VT

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the Grammy Museum & BET Student Workshop
    The White House

    2:00 PM
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    3:10 PM
    President Obama meets with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly
    Oval Office

    3:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a Hillary for America event at Wilkes University Center
    Wilkes University Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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    Vice President delivers remarks at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Integrated Network Cancer Program’s Awards Ceremony
    Scranton, PA

    7:00 PM
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    President Obama delivers remarks at BET’s “Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience;”
    South Lawn

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  2. National Pro Bono Week: October 23-29, 2016

    Pro bono publico (English: for the public good; usually shortened to pro bono) is a Latin
    phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced
    fee as a public service. Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific
    skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.
    Lawyers in the United States are recommended under American Bar Association (ABA)
    ethical rules to contribute at least fifty hours of pro bono service per year.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_bono#United_States

  3. Hi there, CR. From what I am reading elsewhere Hillary is chewing chump up and spitting him out! Tee hee! Also I heard a little of
    his speech and he reads like a third grader! Tee hee!

    • Sounds about right. It is truly scary that someone with his temprament was elected to being this close to the presidency. The rest of the world is nervously laughing at us.

    • October 21, 2016

      Remarks by The First Lady at The Love and Happiness Concert: Student Workshop

      State Dining Room

      1:10 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: What’s going on? I’ve got big old teleprompters right here but I’m not going to be bothered with that. (Laughter.) So whoever is operating the teleprompters, just let’s forget it. (Laughter.)

      This is our last workshop, because tonight we are working with BET to host our last, really, music event. And it’s going to be a good one. Because we usually highlight a particular singer or a particular genre of music, but tonight it’s going to be a little of everything — a little gospel, a little soul, a little — who knows who’s going to be on the menu. (Laughter.)

      So I am looking forward to it, but it means it’s also the last time we’re going to gather young people like you guys from all over the country to get a chance to see how you go from those seats to these seats up here. And this is really the best part of these days when we have the music here, is working with young people like all of you.

      And I want to take the time, again, to acknowledge and thank Bob Santelli from the Grammy Museum, who helps to make these activities possible. Bob, thank you so much. (Applause.)

      So look who we have here with us! We have Michelle Williams. (Applause.) I don’t even have to introduce these folks. Michelle Williams! (Applause.) And we have Yolanda Adams. Oh, my gosh! (Applause.)

      Now, these are award-winning artists who have done a number of things — and the other thing, these are real — these are “sangers.” (Laughter.) They “sang.” You know, there are people out there — you know — they “sing.” But these women, they “sing.” (Laughter.) You do. (Laughter.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/21/remarks-first-lady-love-and-happiness-concert-student-workshop

    • 7:35 PM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks at BET’s “Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience;”
      South Lawn

  4. October 21, 2016

    Remarks by the President with Astronaut Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly

    Oval Office

    3:25 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, this is a treat for me, at the end of a long week, to be able to visit with a couple of friends, but also, I believe, American heroes. In particular, I want to say thank you, on behalf of the American people, to Scott Kelly.

    As some of you know, a while back, Scott completed what was the longest period of time that any U.S. astronaut has ever spent in space — almost a year. And what made this so important was not just to break a record, it gave us an opportunity to learn how Scott, as an astronaut, is impacted by lengthy stay like that. And we’ve got somebody to compare him to — his twin brother Mark, also an astronaut.

    So as a consequence, what we were able to learn is how does the body adapt, what kinds of physiological impacts — psychologically, from what I understand from Scott, he was pretty good. But all this allows us to start thinking about long-term manned space flight.

    And as I announced recently, our goal — our next goal — not our ultimate goal, but our next goal is to get to Mars. And obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do technologically to figure out how to get there, what kinds of space crafts allows us to do that most effectively. But if we’re going to do a manned flight, then one of the keys is making sure that our astronauts who are going out into space for that long period of time are also then able to come back — what kinds of environments do we need to create for them, what are the biological sciences, and other elements that will allow for a successful mission.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/21/remarks-president-astronaut-scott-kelly-and-mark-kelly

    * 10/21/16 FACT SHEET: Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution to Promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Space

  5. WH

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  6. October 22, 2016

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Taking Action to Spur Competition in the Airline Industry and Give Consumers the Information They Need

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    October 22, 2016

    Hi everybody. I’m going to be honest with you – one of the best parts of being President is having your own plane. And I’m going to miss it. A lot. Because up until I ran for this office, I was mostly flying coach. So I know what a pain the whole process can be – from searching for the best prices to that feeling you get when the baggage carousel stops and yours still hasn’t come out.

    Now, our airlines employ a lot of hardworking folks – from pilots and flight attendants to ticket agents and baggage handlers – who take pride in getting us to our destinations safely, and on time. They do good work, and we’re proud of them. But I think we all know that the system can work a little better for everybody.

    That’s why, over the last eight years, my Administration has taken some commonsense steps to do just that. We’ve put in place rules that virtually eliminated excessive delays on the tarmac. We’ve required airlines to grant travelers more flexibility on cancellations; to provide refunds to anyone who cancels within 24 hours of purchase; and to give you better compensation if you got bumped off your flight because it was oversold.

    And this week, I was proud to build on that progress with even more actions to save you money, create more competition in the marketplace, and make sure that you’re getting what you pay for.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  7. WH

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama departs White House
    South Lawn

    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada

    President Obama arrives Las Vegas, Nevada
    McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada

    President Obama delivers remarks at a Hillary for America event
    Cheyenne High School, North Las Vegas, Nevada

    President Obama departs Las Vegas, Nevada en route to San Diego, CA

    President Obama arrives San Diego, CA
    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Airport

    President Obama participates in a DCCC event
    San Diego County Democratic Party HQ, San Diego, CA

    President Obama over nights in San Diego, CA

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