I have written about Pro Bono legal representation on different occasions, especially during or near the ABA’s National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Here in South Carolina, I’ve seen more discussion about it, and even a little more participation.
But, I still don’t see as much participation as I would expect. So I have a question for attorneys, paralegals, and law students:
If you are not regularly engaged in pro bono representation, why not?
Please add your comments below. No expletives please. And, I’d like your honest answers.
Have you been asked?
Do you know where to find opportunities?
Are you nervous to do so on your own?
Do you think you don’t have enough time to add another case?
Their Board of Directors reviews the information from the public and compares it to data they have received throughout the year. Once the Board has completed this process, it sets the priority work areas for the year. The reason they’re asking for it now is that their fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30.
To get your input into setting their priority work areas, P&A asks that you complete their online survey that will close on September 10, 2009.
Below is a poll where you can express how you feel about moving to paperless courts. This question arose when I was looking through news e-lerts from the week. I noticed one article out of Las Vegas, yep that Vegas, and the photo almost overwhelmed me.
So, please complete the poll and let me know how you feel.
If Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, then SLAW, a cooperative Canadian weblog on things legal, should feel really flattered.
It appears that the Law Commission of Ontario/Commission du Droit de l’Ontario (LCO/CDO) is similar to the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. Its mandate is to recommend law reform measures to increase the legal system’s relevance, effectiveness and accessibility; to clarify and simplify the law; consider technology as a means to enhance access to justice; and stimulate critical debate about law and promote scholarly legal research.
SLAW’s recent post “A Technology Project for the LCO” really caught my attention. Part of the LCO/CDO mandate is to consider technology as a conduit for access to justice and SLAW is requesting ideas for using technology as a means to enhance access to justice.
Here’s where the imitation occurs. I’m asking each of you to add your ideas for utilizing technology to enhance access to justice in the comments’ section of this post.
Please think broadly and creatively – instructional/explanatory videos, online records access, telephone instructions, email alerts, text messages, etc.
After all, you know how you “roll” and SC Access to Justice wants to reach you.