LCBH Newsletter
July 2009
in this issue
:: NEW! Brown Bag Lunch Series (Date Change!)
:: Reminders/Notes
:: Volunteer Survey
:: Volunteer(s) of the Month

It is hard to believe that August is right around the corner - particularly with the odd weather we have experienced so far this summer.  But at LCBH, we are seeing how quickly summer moves as our PILI Fellows have just taken breaks to tackle the Bar Exam, and some of our interns are already leaving to head back to school.

The response in July from our volunteers was strong, and we were pleased that so many days were covered in the heart of summer.  We understand that vacation is on the agenda for many of you in the next few weeks, but please keep me in the loop if you are available to take on a research project, a TAP case, a morning or two with AOD, or a start-to-finish eviction case.

NEW!  Brown Bag Lunch Series (Please note the date change in bold below)

September - Brown Bag Lunch with Paul Bernstein, LCBH's Legal Director

Through internal discussions and comments received from volunteers, we believe that some form of additional training may be useful for many of you.  But we also understand that the training needs may range from a discrete issue seen during one AOD morning, to broad subjects like handling Use & Occupancy hearings.  To adequately address a variety of subjects, we believe that a traditional session akin to our AOD training may not be a sufficiently flexible method for handling all of your questions.  So, we are kicking off a Volunteer Brown Bag Lunch Series.  The initial plan is to schedule these sessions on a monthly basis, but we will make adjustments to the schedule based on overall demand and your feedback.

The first one will be with our Legal Director, Paul Bernstein, and is tentatively scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd at LCBH.  I will send a reminder as the date approaches, but please RSVP early, and please send us suggested topics/questions.  Prior to the actual session, I will send a final agenda to all attendees.


- TAP cases are a great opportunity to assist LCBH when making it to court is difficult.  These non-litigation matters come to us regularly and thus we can definitely use your help.  Please contact us if you want to get involved with this aspect of our Pro Bono Program.

- Research projects:  Our legal team has put together a wish-list of topics for volunteers to work on - please let us know if you are interested!

- If you can, please donate!  Click here.

Volunteer Survey

With the assistance of some of our wonderful Board Members, I have been working on putting together a survey for you, our volunteers.  We want to hear what you think of our Pro Bono Program as a whole, its strengths, suggestions you may have for improvement, and so forth.  Please keep your eyes peeled for a Survey Monkey Link in the next day or so!
Volunteer(s) of the Month
A Team Effort at Latham & Watkins LLP

Over the past several months, the team of Rene De Vera, Katharine Rice and Anna L. Smith of Latham & Watkins LLP has diligently handled a protracted security deposit dispute for a client accepted by LCBH in the fall of 2008.  While preparing for a fast-approaching trial date, the team received a settlement offer from opposing counsel that exceeded their expectations and thrilled the client! 

This settlement offer is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Mr. De Vera, Ms. Rice and Ms. Smith - we commend and thank them for their contribution to LCBH.  Congratulations to all!

Thank you for the time and effort you contribute to LCBH.  We truly appreciate your assistance and look forward to your continuing support.  Also, we ask that you remember to complete the forthcoming Volunteer Survey so we can improve our Pro Bono Program and better respond to your needs.

Kind regards,
Caitlin Ewing
Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator