Friday Wrap-Up 5.22.09

Here’s a Wrap-up of the week ending 5.22.09

I know this is mostly pointing folks to other sources for news, but as you can see, there are simply too many stories from the week to cover.

Thanks to my new law clerk Allie! She’s already jumping in with both feet.

Enjoy the stories below and have a safe holiday weekend!

Honolulu – City Awards almost $4 million for Homeless Services

LSC – Update enewsletter

South Carolina – SC Statehouse Report

New Brunswick – New Brunswick is facing Legal Aid cuts

Minneapolis – Best & Flanagan wins Pro Patria Award

Memphis – TBA President ready with plans

Washington D.C. – Bread for the City Beyond Bread: The Human Rights Clinic

Texas – Texas Access to Justice Foundation 25th Anniversary (thanks State Bar of Texas Blog)

Australia

Homeless Person’s Legal Service Forum (Robert McClelland)

Pro Bono Initiative to Strengthen Rule of Law (Robert McClelland) – Lawyers Beyond Borders

The Legal Intelligencer/Law.com – Use ‘Pro Bono Networking’ to Market Yourself into a New Job

New Jersey – TRENTON: State courts closed Fridayand again in June

JD Supra: Legal Articles – The 4 Ps of the Internet: Personal, Private, Professional and Public

Michigan

Mental health court serves public interest

The South End – Law School fellowships provide students with work opportunities, tuition dollars

California – New California Law School Unveils its First Clinic

InHouse Insider – 2009 Best Legal Department: And the Winner is . . . (be sure to track all 3 “winners”)

Tolerance.org: Teaching Tolerance – Use This Summer for Social Justice

NPR: Lawyers Make Pro Bono Leap into Foreclosures (thanks to Mercy Politics for pointing us to this story)

-RFW

Tennessee Bar Association wants more Pro Bono

THE CITY PAPER REPORTS:

The Tennessee Bar Association has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to implement four changes in the rules under which lawyers here operate. The intent is to increase “pro bono” service.

1.         Review and possibly modify ethics rules regarding conflicts of interest for when attorneys participate in free legal-aid programs that offer limited services, such as legal advice hotlines, especially when the interaction involves “brief advice and no ongoing representation.”  

2.         Allow companies’ in-house attorneys can take part in legal aid and bar association pro bono programs, regardless of whether they have passed the Tennessee bar.  

3.         Adopt an “aspirational standard” of 50 hours per year of pro bono service.  

4.         Ask attorneys to report pro bono service hours to assist the legal industry as a whole to have reliable figures on how much pro bono work members of Tennessee’s bar do each year.

-RFW

For information about the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program, visit http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.