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.

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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

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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!


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


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.

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National Pro Bono Celebration
October 23-29, 2016




2016 US Presidential Election Debate @ University of Nevada

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Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton  – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump  – US Republican Presidential Candidate

October 19, 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET
US Presidential Election Debate
University of Nevada
Paradise, Nevada
Moderator: Chris Wallace


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Voters Choice in 2016

Sure in a totally sane USA Hillary Clinton should win but what if you and others around you are content enough not to vote …. DO YOU WANT TO RISK IT?.


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GOP senator unsure about Trump with nuclear codes

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is unsure whether he would trust Donald Trump more than President Obama to handle the country’s nuclear codes.
“Well, that’s a tough question,” Coats said with a laugh during an interview Thursday with radio host John Howell, highlighted by BuzzFeed, referencing the “nutzo time” in U.S. politics.

“I understand people’s frustration,” Coats said. “I’m having a hard time understanding Donald Trump because he says one thing one day then corrects it the next day.”

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Open Letter From 121 Members of the Republican National Security Community 
We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community, represent a broad spectrum of opinion on America’s role in the world and what is necessary to keep us safe and prosperous. We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria. But we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. Recognizing as we do, the conditions in American politics that have contributed to his popularity, we nonetheless are obligated to state our core objections clearly:

His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.

His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.

His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.

His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.

Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.

Similarly, his insistence that close allies such as Japan must pay vast sums for protection is the sentiment of a racketeer, not the leader of the alliances that have served us so well since World War II.

His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.

He is fundamentally dishonest. Evidence of this includes his attempts to deny positions he has unquestionably taken in the past, including on the 2003 Iraq war and the 2011 Libyan conflict. We accept that views evolve over time, but this is simply misrepresentation.

His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs.

Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.

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Following odd tirade, is there ‘something wrong with’ Trump? 

7/07/16 12:44PM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

When Donald Trump initially went after Judge Gonzalo Curiel with racially charged criticisms, he created a controversy — which he immediately made worse by re-emphasizing the same points, over and over again, in subsequent days. The Republican candidate was convinced there was nothing wrong with what he was saying, so he had no qualms about sticking to his offensive line.

We saw those same instincts on display last night in Ohio. NBC News reported:

Less than an hour after Attorney General Lynch recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump spoke at length about almost everything else.
What began as a point-by-point take down of the inconsistencies in the former secretary of state’s statements about her server versus what was found by the FBI quickly devolved into a loop-the-loop of tangents, grievances and alternative headlines.
Trump wanted to talk about the anti-Semitic image in his recent tweet, and his belief that his campaign shouldn’t have deleted his original message. Trump wanted to talk about the parts of Saddam Hussein’s record he agrees with. Trump wanted to talk about how much he likes the Brexit policy he knows little about.
Trump wanted to accuse his critics of “racial profiling,” a phrase the GOP candidate likes to use, though it’s not clear he knows what it means. Trump wanted to list the various Jewish people he knows personally.
The Washington Post added this gem of a sentence: “At one point he also swatted at a mosquito, then pretended the bug was Clinton and spoke to it.”
The Atlantic‘s James Fallows, watching this spectacle unfold, wrote, “It would be rash ever to declare Peak Trump. But really, there is something wrong with this man.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes added, “I’ve been watching these now for 13 months … and that was the most unhinged thing that I’ve seen from him. It was all over the place. It was like Charlie Sheen during his ‘Winning’ tour.”
And then it got worse. read more

Republicans Will Nominate a Candidate Who Would Violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments
If the GOP had any respect for the Bill of Rights, it would reject Trump.

7/17/16 By John Nichols – TheNation

Cleveland—As Republican Party “constitutionalists” prepare to nominate authoritarian billionaire Donald Trump for the presidency this week in Cleveland, the American Civil Liberties union has determined that the candidate’s proposals would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution.

It is not news that Trump has, during the course of his campaign for the GOP nomination, put himself at odds with basic premises of a Bill of Rights that defends a free press, guarantees freedom of religion, and guards against torture and abuses of privacy. But when his proposals are pulled together—as the ACLU has done in a new analysis of the Republican candidate’s public statements and policy positions—the extent to which Trump would shred the Constitution in general and the Bill of Rights in particular is breathtaking.

“Taken together, his policies and positions, if put into place, would violate the Constitution and federal and international law,” says Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, which reviewed the candidate’s agenda and determined that “Trump’s proposals would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution.”

Trump has from the start of his campaign sparked controversy with statements, actions, and proposals that disregard the First Amendment. He and his aides have created blacklists of journalists, and the candidate has expressed an interest in rewriting libel laws in order to intimidate, punish, and potentially silence critics of powerful individuals and interests. Trump has, as well, proposed schemes to discriminate against Muslims and to spy on mosques and neighborhoods where Muslims live—with steady disregard for the amendment’s guarantee of protection for America’s diverse religious communities.

But that’s just the beginning of Trump’s assaults on the Constitution. Trump has encouraged the use of torture and blatantly disregarded privacy protections that have been enshrined in the founding document since the 18th century. He has attacked the basic premises of a constitutionally defined separation of powers, with rhetorical assaults on individual jurists and the federal judiciary so extreme that House Speaker Paul Ryan described one such attack as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” He has proposed instituting religious tests. He has shown open and consistent disregard for the promise that all Americans will receive equal protection under the law.

“If implemented, Donald Trump’s proposed policies will spark a constitutional and legal challenge that would require all hands on deck at the ACLU,” says Romero. “The ACLU and its more than 300 attorneys in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., stand ready to challenge and impede implementation of his unlawful proposals, should he attempt to see them through.”

It should never come to that.

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1980s Jessica Leeds’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1990s Kristin Anderson’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1991 Esquire Magazine interview that it “doesn’t really matter what (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

10/13/94 In Primetime Live interview Donald Trump states “I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, ‘Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.

1997 Cathy Heller’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1997 Temple Taggart McDowell’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

1997 Mariah Billado’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2000 Bridget Sullivan’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2001 Tasha Dixon’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2001 Unnamed Miss USA contestant’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2003 Mindy McGillivray’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

Sept 2004 Donald Trump comments to Howards Stern on his daughter Ivanka’s body and, when asked, tells Stern that it is okay for him to call his daughter “a piece of ass”

9/16/05 Donald Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

2005 Rachel Crooks’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2005 Natasha Stoynoff’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2007 Summer Zervos’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2010 Unnamed friend of CNN anchor Erin Burnett’s Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2013 Cassandra Searles’ Allegations of Unwanted Physical Contact by Donald Trump

2/24/16 David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, expressed vocal support for Trump’s campaign on his radio show

3/2/16 World considers a Trump presidency, and many shudder

3/2/16 Open Letter From 121 Members of the Republican National Security Community

3/30/16 Trump angst pours in from overseas

3/31/16 Analyst: Trump’s Isolationist Views Would Remove ‘Pillar of World Stability’

7/17/16 Republicans Will Nominate a Candidate Who Would Violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments

8/5/16 America’s Top Spies and Analyts Warn of Real Threat of a Trump Presidency – 5 Leaders Who Have Spoken out

9/22/16 75 retired senior diplomats sign letter opposing Trump for president

10/6/16 30 Former Republican lawmakers denounce Donald Trump: “Manifestly unqualified to be president”

10/6/16 Group of nearly 80 evangelical leaders publish letter condemning Trump
“We cannot ignore this bigotry.”

10/7/16 White Nationalist PAC Rolls Out Pro-Trump Radio Ad Targeting Swing States

Op-Ed  Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me

August 5, 2016 Bernie Sanders – latimes

The conventions are over and the general election has officially begun. In the primaries, I received 1,846 pledged delegates, 46% of the total. Hillary Clinton received 2,205 pledged delegates, 54%. She received 602 superdelegates. I received 48 superdelegates. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and I will vigorously support her.

Donald Trump would be a disaster and an embarrassment for our country if he were elected president. His campaign is not based on anything of substance — improving the economy, our education system, healthcare or the environment. It is based on bigotry. He is attempting to win this election by fomenting hatred against Mexicans and Muslims. He has crudely insulted women. And as a leader of the “birther movement,” he tried to undermine the legitimacy of our first African American president. That is not just my point of view. That’s the perspective of a number of conservative Republicans.

In these difficult times, we need a president who will bring our nation together, not someone who will divide us by race or religion, not someone who lacks an understanding of what our Constitution is about.

On virtually every major issue facing this country and the needs of working families, Clinton’s positions are far superior to Trump’s. Our campaigns worked together to produce the most progressive platform in the history of American politics. Trump’s campaign wrote one of the most reactionary documents.

Clinton understands that Citizens United has undermined our democracy. She will nominate justices who are prepared to overturn that Supreme Court decision, which made it possible for billionaires to buy elections. Her court appointees also would protect a woman’s right to choose, workers’ rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants and the government’s ability to protect the environment.

Trump, on the other hand, has made it clear that his Supreme Court appointees would preserve the court’s right-wing majority.

Clinton understands that in a competitive global economy we need the best-educated workforce in the world. She and I worked together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America. It will guarantee that the children of any family in this country with an annual income of $125,000 a year or less – 83% of our population – will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free. This proposal also substantially reduces student debt.

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2016 US Presidential Election Debate @ Washington University

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Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton  – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump  – US Republican Presidential Candidate

October 9, 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET
US Presidential Election Debate
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
Moderators: Martha Raddatz & Anderson Cooper


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2016 US Vice Presidential Election Debate

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The 2016 Vice Presidential Debate takes place on Tuesday, October 4th at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Senator from Virginia and Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will debate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and running mate to Donald Trump. Pence is a first term governor of Indiana who previously served over a decade in Congress. Kaine is a former Democratic National Committee chairman who also served as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond.

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Hillary Clinton – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump – US Republican Presidential Candidate


October 4 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET 
US Vice Presidential Election Debate
Longwood University
Farmville, Virginia
Moderator: Elaine Quijano of CBS


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Register to VOTE 2016

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day
September 27th is National Voter Registration Day

Democracy is an everyday activity

First Lady at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference 6/28/12
First Lady at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference


VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATIONInformación de Registro de Votantes GottaVote .….……. VoteMosTodos


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10 Tips for Voters

(1) Register to vote

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. If you are not registered to vote, apply for voter registration no later than the deadline to register in your State. Contact your local or State elections office or check their Web sites to get a voter registration application and learn the deadline to register. The National Voter Registration Application form is available at resources/register_to_vote.aspx.

(2) Confirm your voter registration status

Once you register to vote, check your status with your State or local elections office several weeks before the last day to register to vote. That way, you can change your registration information if needed (for example: name, ad – dress, or other corrections) in time to vote.

(3) Know your polling place location and hours

If you vote at a polling place on Election Day, confirm your polling place location. Make sure you know what time your polling place opens and closes.

(4) Know your State’s voter identification (ID) requirements

Some States require voters to show ID to vote. You can find out what forms of ID your State accepts by contacting your State or local elections office or checking their Web sites.

(5) Understand provisional voting

Federal law allows you to cast a provisional ballot in a Federal election if your name does not appear on the voter registration record, if you do not have ID, or if your eligibility to vote is in question. Your State may provide other reasons for voting by a provisional ballot. Whether a provisional ballot counts depends on if the State can verify your eligibiity. Check with your State or local elections office to learn how to tell if your provisional ballot was counted.

(6) Check the accessibility of your polling place

If you are a voter with minority language needs or you are a voter with special needs or specific concerns due to a disability, your polling place may offer special assistance. Contact your local elections office for advice, materials in a specific language, information about voting equipment, and details on access to the polling place, including parking.

(7) Consider voting early

Some States allow voting in person before Election Day. Find out if your State has early voting in person or by mail and if so when, where, and how you can vote before Election Day. If you choose to vote early by mail, know the deadlines for requesting and returning your ballot. Some States provide dropoff stations for mail ballots, and some States allow voters to return mail ballots to polling places on Election Day.

(8) Understand absentee voting requirements

Most States allow voters to use an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Check on the dates and requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot before Election Day. Absentee ballots often must be returned or postmarked before the polls close on Election Day. Determine your State’s requirements for returning absentee ballots.

(9) Learn about military and overseas voting

Special voting procedures may apply if you are in the U.S. military or you are an American citizen living overseas. You may qualify for an absentee ballot by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program or check its Web site:, for information relating to military and overseas voters.

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National Museum of African American History & Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:

  1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions;
  2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences;
  3. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture; and
  4. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

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8:00 AM EDT
Preview of National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening  

10:00 AM EDT
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Dedication Ceremony Speakers:

President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Congressman John Lewis, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and the museum founding director, Lonnie Bunch


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 September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET
Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture
Dedication Ceremony
Washington, DC