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Issue: Vol 3 # 2
February, 2011  
In This Issue
Computers for Kids ...
CLEs For You ...
Computers for Kids

   The Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Bar Foundation's Community Action Committee (CAC) have established a new initiative, "Computers For Education," to facilitate the donation of new or used computers to students and schools in need.

   The committee's vision is to make this an annual project with different beneficiaries each year. This year's beneficiaries will primarily be students and schools adversely affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, particularly in Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, including the towns of Grand Isle, Lafitte and Port Sulphur.

   The CAC is asking lawyers, law firms and other businesses to donate new or used computers and computer equipment.  The donation of computers and computer equipment will allow disadvantaged schools and students to fully participate in all the educational opportunities provided through the ever growing internet.

If you have a computer or computers to donate, please contact MARK SURPRENANT at Adams & Reese.  Thank

for your willingness to assist in the education of our needy students.

Sign Up For A Clinic

   Winter is a busy time for The Project.  Volunteers are needed to staff several clinics in the metro area.  For more information and exact locations, please download the complete schedule from: WINTER CLINIC SCHEDULE.

Open the Door: Be A Partner for Pro Bono

LA Giving B&W

Please open the door for our clients and volunteers and support The Project by clicking on the Louisiana Giving logo above. 

Become a
Partner for Pro Bono
by checking the
"make this a recurring donation" box on The Project's donation page when you click the above link. Make your Annual Donation over 12 months.

 Help us plan for the future by contacting
Rachel PIercey at 504.581.4043 about the Pro Bono for Life Planned Giving program.

Follow-up Links
JFAB 2010

     We're going to keep this brief because there is a lot going on this month and we're focusing this issue on upcoming CLEs happening during the next two weeks.

     But, before we get to those, I want to acknowledge a few events that have taken place in the past few weeks, which we'll tell you more about in a later edition this month.

     First, a big thanks to Adams & Reese and the Louisiana State Bar Association for helping us host several groups of law students from the University of North Carolina and the University of Illinois Law Schools during the winter break from January 3rd to 14th.  Check out the UNC blog at: For the Good of the Gulf

     Second, the Young Lawyers Section of the New Orleans Bar Association
put on a spectacular event at Rock 'n Bowl this past Sunday for the benefit of The Pro Bono Project.  Not only did we have a great time - but this effort raised funds to help The Project continue to open the door to justice for the many needy citizens in the six-parish area we serve. Our thanks to Monica Manzella of King, Krebs & Jurgens and her team of volunteer attorneys who organized and hosted this spectacular event!

     Finally, our special thanks to Past Chair David Bienvenu, who hosted the 2011 Board Installation Event, The Pro Bono Project: Taking the Next Steps, at the offices of Simon Peragine Smith and Redfearn this past Monday evening.  We had a wonderful turnout of our past Chairpersons, as well as a great showing of present and new Board members and friends of The Project.

     We'll tell you more about these events, along with some fun pictures in a few weeks, but now on to the CLEs.

With thanks,


Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

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CLEs for You  ...

CLE #1: Tuesday, February 8, 2011


      Join The Pro Bono Project on Tuesday, February 8th from 12 noon to 1 pm at The Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue for a Professionalism CLE: "Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Solve Your Pro Bono Client's Problems."

     Attorneys Kathryn Perez and Erin Pelleteri of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz will be presenting this informative, solution-oriented CLE to help you work smarter and not harder when it comes to solving the problems of your pro bono clients.  1 CLE Credit.

    Please register by emailing: LINTON CARNEY at The Project or calling him at 504.581.4043 x 207.

CLE #2: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    On Tuesday, February 15th, from 9 am to 12 noon at The Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenuepro bono attorneys will have the opportunity to earn 3 CLE credits by attending the "BP Deepwater Horizon Claims Process Training CLE."

     The CLE will be presented by attorneys
Soren Giselson and Aaron Ahlquist of Herman, Herman, Katz and Cotlar, and Joel Waltzer and Clay Garside of Waltzer & Wiygul.

     Those in attendance will have the opportunity to walk through the claims process step by step with the presenting attorneys, as well as get answers to all questions surrounding this initiative.

     Please register by emailing: LINTON CARNEY at The Project or calling him at 504.581.4043 x 207.

    The Pro Bono Project
in collaboration with the Mississippi Center for Justice and other legal service providers in the Gulf Coast states have banded together to ensure that all those affected by the BP oil spill have equitable access to a fair claims process.  This group of legal service providers has been working since last summer to put this effort together and have just recently gotten the greenlight.

     "This CLE is the first step to ensuring that our volunteer attorneys are well-prepared to handle any Deepwater Horizon claimants that come our way.  We are grateful to Steve Herman for spearheading this training effort and for bringing on board his colleagues to make this a complete learning experience for all, " said Executive Director, Rachel Piercey.


Our Mission

The Pro Bono Project's mission is to provide free, quality civil legal services to the poor by engaging volunteer attorneys to render pro bono services.
  The Project serves Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes with funding from the Justice For All Ball and other sources.  The Project works in collaboration with other legal and social service providers to improve the quality of life for our clients and our community.