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Issue: Vol 2  # 1
January 13, 2010   
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Bravo, Volunteers!
Pro Bono Matters ... Pitch In!
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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.
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     As we kick off the New Year, we are filled with all the promise that a new year often carries with it.  In our case, that promise is found in finding ways to fulfill our mission of making access to justice for all a priority.  It's one we take seriously and we hope you do, too.

     For the fifth year in a row, we recently welcomed back law students from the University of North Carolina, who teamed up with supervising attorneys from Kilpatrick Stockton.  As spring break approaches in March, we are already booked up with students from several law schools.  Take a look at the UNC blog at For the Good of the Gulf for some past highlights. 

     We extend our thanks to these students who continue to fill a role and to our many law firm partners who provide space and guidance for these students.  If you'd like to get involved to support these future lawyers, please send an email to Linton and let him know how you can help.

With deep appreciation for your support,

Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

Bravo, Volunteers!

     Just in case you weren't with us, the December 10th CLE and Volunteer Appreciation & Recognition Event was well attended by the legal community.

     Our special thanks to The Honorable Ivan Lemelle, Judge USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana for conducting an informative CLE on the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and to Louisiana State Bar President,Kim Boyle of Phelps, Dunabar for her services in presenting the awards to a banner class of awardees.

Vol Appr 2009 Group Photo

     In brief, give a round of appplause to:
  • Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC as recipient of the 2009 Pro Bono Law Firm Award. 
  • The Honorable Michael Bagneris, Judge, Civil District Court, Orleans Parish as the 2009 Distinguished Jurist..
  • Right Hat, named as the 2009 Pro Bono Corporate Partner.
  • Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law was named 2009 Law School.
  •  Desiree Giler Mann, as the 2009 Friend of Pro Bono.
  • Homero Lopez, this year's Pro Bono Law Student.
  • Reba Mackey, The Project's 2009 Pro Bono Paralegal.
  • 2009 Distinguished Donor is the law firm of Sessions Fishman & Nathan, LLP
  •  The 2009 Pro Bono Leadership Award went to outgoing chair, Mark Cunningham of Jones Walker
  •   The 2009 Pro Bono Distinguished Service Awardees are: 

o   Michelle Egan, Director, Talent Development,     O'Melveny & Myers, San Francisco.

o  Lorien Golaski, Dechert Law Firm.

o   Sherry Dolan, Pro Bono Coordinator, Baker Donelson.

o   John (Jack) Gordon, Senior Partner, Gordon Arata.

o   Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and associate Daniel Zweben and a team of Skadden Arps attorneys.

or a complete listing of these and all award reipients, and more photos, please visit 2009 Volunteer Appreciation.

    Congratulations to all!
Pro Bono Matters ... Pitch In!

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Each year we ask you to Pitch in for Pro Bono to help us in our mission to provide essential civil legal services to the working poor, to families, and to the elderly in the six-parish community we serve.  Since Katrina the services we provide have helped countless Louisiana residents reclaim and rebuild their homes and lives, and much of that good work was made possible by your generosity and community loyalty. 

     Because of the economic challenges we all faced in 2009, our staff and volunteers were met with even greater demands for these much-needed civil legal services, and heading into 2010, we need your continued support.  Just as we are a legal lifeline to those in need within our community, you continue to be our lifeline. 

Please pitch in for pro bono and make a gift today by credit/debit card through the secure website at Louisiana Giving or by sending a check directly to The Pro Bono Project, 615 Baronne Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70113.

 We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing financial support of The Pro Bono Project.  Through your gift, you continue to demonstrate your commitment, not only to rebuilding a strong community, but to equal justice for all.