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Issue: Vol 2  # 5
May 13, 2010   
In This Issue
'Axing' For You in October ...
Open the Door ...
You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em ...
Pro Bono Serves Many ...
'Axing' For You in October ...

   Come on down to the Audubon Tea Room  on Friday, October 1st  at 8:00 pm for the 2010 Justice For All Ball and party with our wild friends!  Lady Justice is 'axing' for you, so mark the date on your calendar now.

   We are pleased to announce that Paul and Donna Flower are serving as our Honorary Chairpersons for our 2010 JFAB.

   Paul is the President and CEO of Woodward Design+Build; his wife, Donna, is active in several community organizations, serving on boards and in leadership positions.  Denise Redmann, Assistant General Counsel at Entergy is serving as 2010 JFAB Committee Chair.

As mentioned last month, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers will be playing some good ole' New Orleans tunes to get you up on your feet. 

   Local restaurants and the Audubon Tea Room will provide food and drink. There will be prizes and more to take home at the end of the evening.

  Corporate sponsorships are available, please contact Rachel Piercey if you know of any businesses that may be interested in supporting The Project in this way.

   We are also looking for raffle prizes and high-end silent auction prizes.  Again, please drop Rachel an email if you can help in this area. 

Please continue to watch this space for more details in coming editions, but in the meantime -- join Lady Justice on October 1st because she's 'axing' for you!

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.

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JFAB 2009
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.

     May has gotten off to a roaring start. While FQ Fest and Jazz Fest are over, we have lots of playtime coming up for you beginning on Sunday, June 13th. The Young Lawyers Section of NOBA once again hosts the 2010 Charity Poker Tournament in conjunction with Harrah's New Orleans with all proceeds going to The Pro Bono Project. Details below.

     Board members spent this past Saturday (May 8) at a Board Retreat to prepare themselves for our Annual Fundraising Campaign: Opening Doors.  We want to thank all those who gave up their Saturday to do the work necessary to keep The Project and our community moving forward. You'll be hearing more about this in the coming months.

     Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 1st when Lady Justice is 'axing' for you at the 2010 Justice for All Ball at The Audubon Tea Room.  See sidebar.

     We'll be looking for you!

With gratitude,
Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em ...

NOBA YLS Poker Tourney Logo

    On Sunday, June, 13, 2010, you gotta know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em if you're playing for high stakes at the 2nd Annual No Limit Hold 'Em Charity Poker Tournament to benefit The Pro Bono Project

   Ante up for this event hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the New Orleans Bar Association in conjunction with Harrah's New Orleans.   Here are the details:

When:   Sunday, June 13, 2010
              Registration begins at 12 Noon
              Tournament Play begins at 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Where:  Harrah's Casino New Orleans in The Theater
              228 Poydras Street

Win:      Guaranteed Prize Pool: $15,000

Tickets: Buy In $150 with a $75 re-buy (Re-buy can ONLY be done on-site the day of the event, and only one re-buy allowed.) Player Limit is 250 people.

Spectator Tickets: $25.00 in advance; $30 at the door -- no limit on Spectators!

Registration: Click on this link: No Limit Hold 'Em or use the form below for cash and checks.  Please make checks payable to The Pro Bono Project and deliver or mail with the form to: 615 Baronne Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70113.

Online PLAYER registration closes on Monday, June 7th at 11:55 pm. After that, please send an email to Lisa Lynde for registration instructions.  Online Spectator registration remains open until midnight, Saturday, June 12th.

Please note: When you write a check or pay cash for this event, The Pro Bono Project gets your entire $150 or $25 amount.  Even though online registration is easier, there is a fee which is deducted from your ticket amount and so we get less than the full $150 or $25.

    Food and drink will be provided throughout the event courtesy of Harrah's Casino New Orleans, and of course, there will be sports on the telly.  Spectators are welcome! 

    Complete rules and regulations will be made available to all participants.  For questions, please contact Carey Menasco at 504.556.4171 or Elizabeth Sconzert at 504.846.9720

     The first tournament, held in 2008, raised over $13,000 and we hope those intending to play will accept the challenge to beat this record and really go for it this year!

    So, circle the date on your calendar, break into your piggy bank, ante up and get your poker face ready to play for The Project!

Please use the form below for mail payments. Please print clearly.

Annual No Limit Hold 'Em Charity Poker Tournament Entry
 to benefit The Pro Bono Project
Participant Name: _____________________________________    
Phone: _____________________  E-mail: __________________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED: ______________

Credit Card Number: ___________________________________

Exp. Date: ___________   Security Code: __________________
Signature for credit card payment:


Please mail or deliver form with check to:
The Pro Bono Project
615 Baronne Street, Suite 203
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Pro Bono Serves Many
    As we worked through the Board Retreat this weekend, a question came up time and again:  Why would somebody who is not connected to the legal or judicial community care about The Pro Bono Project and be motivated to support us financially?

    It's a fair question because after all, our work does revolve opening the doors for our clients to access attorneys who provide civil legal services pro bono.  Obviously, our clients and the legal/judicial communities are pretty interested in what we offer -- but why should anybody outside these groups care?

    The answer is simple: all ships rise with the tide. 

    When a civil legal problem is resolved for one of our clients, that person can stop worrying and start being a productive member of the community again.  When they get their life back on track, the entire community benefits -- the economic, social and cultural vitality of the area is strengthened.  Once the legal issues are resolved, the contributions our clients make to this community, no matter how small, are a plus for everyone.

     It's good for business, for government, for our education system -- for the fabric of life that we weave here that is uniquely New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

    So the next time someone wants to know who pro bono serves -- you can tell them -- it serves everyone!