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2013 Poverty Simulation: A Recap

21 November 2013   Blog | Tags:

by Cheryl Polydor “I felt beaten down.” “I felt humiliated.” “I felt like my entire life was spent filling out forms and standing on lines.” “I felt powerless.” That’s a sampling of the comments made by this year’s Poverty Simulation…

Walk A Month In Someone Else’s Shoes

12 November 2013   Blog | Tags:

By Cheryl Polydor “You never really understand a person until you look at things from his point of view … Until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. Activist and attorney…

Best Practices in Pro Bono Returns with a Focus on Client-Centered Collaboration

04 November 2013   Blog | Tags:

I recently had a chance to talk to our board member Paul Lee about the new season of the Best Practices in Pro Bono Program. This year’s four-part series will focus on Client-Centered Collaboration. (By the way, the first session…

Pro Bono Week Wrap-Up: Poverty Law Conference

29 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

By Cheryl Polydor According to the latest figures published by the US Census Bureau, approximately 46.2 million Americans live in poverty – that’s 15 percent of the population. The numbers are worse for our children: 22 per cent of all…

Pro Bono Week Wrap-Up: Lawyers Seek to Protect Immigrants from Notario Fraud

28 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

by Laura Buchs DC Pro Bono Week wrapped up on Saturday with a Forum on Potential Immigration Reform and Stopping Notario Fraud, led by the DC Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). About thirty law students attending the…

Pro Bono Week Preview: Equal Justice Works Presents the Scales of Justice Award

23 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

By Wing Li Equal Justice Works, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice, will host its Annual Awards Dinner this evening at the Renaissance Washington. The Scales of Justice Award recognizes those who have…

Pro Bono Week Preview: The Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic—Guiding Local Entrepreneurs During Pro Bono Week (and All Year Long)

22 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

By Anne King This evening, October 22, 2013, the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Community Economic Development Project will host aSmall Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic as part of Pro Bono Week. The Small Business Clinic is held regularly throughout…

Pro Bono Week Preview: American University Poverty Conference

22 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

By Cheryl Polydor Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29,2005, devastating the city and its residents. Almost 800,000 thousand people were displaced or made homeless overnight, and many were killed. The cost to the people of New Orleans and…

Pro Bono Week Preview: Healthy Together – Improving Child Health through Medical-Legal Partnership

17 October 2013   Blog | Tags:

Founded in 1996, Children’s Law Center is the largest legal services organization in Washington, DC and the only to focus on children. Its 80-person staff, together with hundreds of pro bono partners, helps more than 2,000 children and caregivers every…

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