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'Giving Day' Offers Chance for Legal Community to Show Off Pro Bono Prowess  

The American Bar Association (ABA) is making a concerted effort to bolster legal services to those who might not be able to afford them during its second annual Giving Day.

This year, ABA Giving Day will take place Thursday, Oct. 28 during a week-long National Celebration of Pro Bono. According to the legal trade group, the day is aimed at raising awareness and support for 16 different public service, education and policy program areas.

“This second ABA Giving Day promotes even more different ways to help ensure a just society by giving lawyers an opportunity to donate charitable dollars to address the urgent social issues of today,” said ABA President Reginald Turner, in a statement. “A gift of money will greatly support these efforts. We also call upon lawyers across the United States to give 10 hours or more of pro bono work before the end of the year to ABA or other worthy causes.”

The initiative is being spearheaded by the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE), notes the group. Some of the specific initiatives being promoted this year include:

  • “Protect Children’s Rights and Family Integrity”
  • “Legal Solutions to End Homelessness”
  • “Strengthen Civics Education Among Students”
  • “Advance Civil Rights and Social Justice for All”
  • “Legal Service to Military Personnel”
  • “Rebuild Lives and Communities with Free Legal Services”
  • “Deliver Disaster Legal Services to Impacted Communities”
  • “Ensure Survivors Have a Voice in the Justice System”
  • “Inspire the Next Generation of Diverse Attorneys”
  • “Foster a Judiciary That Better Reflects Society”
  • “Offer Free Tax Assistance to the Underserved”
  • “Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance in Capital Cases”

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Other organizations have put an emphasis on charitable work in recent weeks as well. The California Lawyers Association announced it made a nearly $275,000 charitable contribution through its California Lawyers Foundation (CLF) to help support programs that provide pro bono services and support justice, diversity and inclusion in the legal field.

“The California Lawyers Foundation was founded to further access to justice and civics education initiatives, and to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Ellen Miller, CLF executive director. “Each organization is working diligently to make a meaningful difference in our state, and we know that our funding will advance their ability to serve even more individuals and make a greater impact.”

The CLF funding was dispersed to the Legal Access Alameda for Disaster Legal Services Cooperative, the California Project Directors Association and the Legal Education Access Pipeline. “This is a pivotal time for our state, and there are few organizations driving change as effectively as the three organizations receiving our support” said Heather Rosing, CLF president. “The work of each organization both aligns with our mission and helps serve the varied needs of California's citizens.”

Additionally, other pro bono opportunities can be found at https://www.probono.net/.

 

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