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Issue: Vol 2  # 6
June 14, 2010   
In This Issue
JFAB Single Tickets Available ...
Open the Door ...
It Takes All of Us ...
Free CLE Hits Hot Topics ...
JFAB 2010 Single Tickets Now Available on Website ...

   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 buy your single tickets now at: 2010 JFAB Tickets.

    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

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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.

     It's about the clients we serve and it takes all of us to meet their civil legal needs  The Louisiana State Bar Association recently recognized volunteers statewide at their annual Pro Bono and Children's Law Award event presided over by LSBA President Kim Boyle and Louisiana Bar Foundation Secretary Patricia Krebs, with special guest speaker/presenter, The Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson, Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court. We recognize a few of own in the main story.

     We're also hosting a Free CLE with Louisiana Appleseed on Friday, June 18th. Details and registration information are below.

     It takes all of us to make pro bono work efficiently for our communities!  Hats off to all!

With gratitude,
Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

It Takes All of Us  ...

     It takes all of us to meet the needs of those who can't afford civil legal services. From law students to veteran attorneys, successful pro bono efforts require the skills and talents of a very special group of people.  Whether these volunteers come through The Pro Bono Project, Louisiana Appleseed, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services or other pro bono organizations around the state, the most important factor is to get the job done for those in need.
     The recent Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards ceremony, held on May 25, 2010, shows clearly that together we are able to better serve the many who need what a pro bono attorney can provide: access to the civil legal system.
     With that in mind, The Project wants to recognize all of the volunteers who regularly work with The Project, many of whom were recognized in our December, 2009 Volunteer Recognition and Awards event.   Whether they were nominated by us or not makes no difference - it is the spirit of cooperation in which we all work that truly makes the difference for the population we all serve.  Their award from or role with The Project is noted in the parentheses.
Friend of Pro Bono
Donna D. Fraiche
(Board Member & 2009 Honor Roll)
Pro Bono Publico
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC
(2009 Law Firm of the Year Award)
Caroline McSherry Dolan (2009 Distinguished Service Award)
Don K. Haycraft (Board Member & 100+ Hours Award)
Lauren B. McKnight (Volunteer & 100+ Hours Award)
Malcolm A. Meyer (2009 Honor Roll)
Monica Sanchez (2009 Honor Roll)
Law Student Award
Tulane University Law School
Homero López, Jr. (2009 Pro Bono Law Student Award)
David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Marta-Ann Schnabel (Board Member & 50+ Hours Award)
     New this year to the LSBA list of awards is the Pro Bono Century Award. The LSBA Officers and Board of Governors wish to recognize those special attorneys who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of their profession by having well exceeded the ABA's aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono service each year.  The LSBA Century Award recognizes those attorneys who have each provided over 100 hours of volunteer pro bono service during the past calendar year through an organized pro bono organization.
Pro Bono Century Award
The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans Volunteers
William G. Cherbonnier, Jr.
Mark A. Cunningham
Caroline McSherry Dolan
Don K. Haycraft
Kindall Chauffe James
Catherine Elena Lasky
Simone Manuel
Lauren B. McKnight
Kerry Ann Murphy
Mark C. Surprenant
     The Pro Bono Project, its staff and Board congratulate all the volunteers recognized by the LSBA in its annual Pro Bono & Children's Law Awards ceremony. Without the efforts of these attorneys, paralegals, students and the many others who volunteer their time and talent, the clients served by their pro bono work would be unable to get their lives back on track.  We salute you all for your commitment to making sure that pro bono matters!
For a complete listing of all LSBA awardees, visit: LSBA Pro Bono & Children's Law Awards.

To volunteer with The Project, contact Linton Carney via email or at 504.581.4043.
Free CLE Hits Hot Employment & Wage Claims Topics ...
    The Pro Bono Project and Louisiana Appleseed are hosting a FREE CLE (3.75 hours) on Friday, June 18, from 9am-1pm at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue.  Lunch (also free) will be served after the CLE and you all will receive a bound copy of the presenters' materials.
     Presenters and topics include:
9:00-9:45 am
Vanessa Spinazola, The Pro Bono Project: The Louisiana Wage Payment Act v. Breach of Contract and Representing Immigrant Workers

9:45-10:45 am
Laila Hlass, Loyola College of Law Immigration Clinic: Employment-Related Immigration Law and Immigration Law Overview

10:45-11:00 am   Break

11:00 am-Noon  
Michael T. Tusa, Jr., Sutton & Alker: A Brief Overview of a Few Wage and Hour Issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Noon-1:00 pm
Michael F. Weiner, Baker Donelson: Collection Rights and Practices on Public and Private Construction Projects and the Proper and Timely Preservation of Statutory Claims under the Louisiana Private Works Act and Louisiana Public Works Act
       If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. via email to Laura Buck and Vanessa Spinazola by the end of the day TUESDAY, June 15, 2010.

     Please only attend if you can attend the entire CLE, as otherwise we will be limited in the number of pro bono attorneys we can assign wage claim cases. It is expected that with your attendance, you will commit to representing a client of The Pro Bono Project in a wage claim.