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|The 2010 Annual Seminar/Forum on In-House Pro Bono was a rousing success! The Wire will feature highlights of substantive programs and discussions in future issues.Participating in sessions that challenged, informed, and inspired, attendees have told us that the 2010 event was the best ever. With cutting-edge topics, practical guidance, and speakers ranging from high-level Obama administration staff to law firm managing partners and corporate general counsel to the most knowledgeable pro bono leaders, as well as the largest Pro Bono Expo ever, the Seminar/Forum offered something for everyone.|
One of the most moving topics at the Seminar/Forum was the plight of the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in that nation and the thoughtful discussions concerning what the pro bono community could and should do to help. Attendees received guidance from those on the ground. Jayne Fleming of Reed Smith LLP, a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, flew directly to the Seminar/Forum from an on-site pro bono effort in Haiti in which a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and doctors helped those for whom emigration was a matter of life and death.
Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (“IJDH”), who has worked on the ground there for many years, offered his perspective on how pro bono can make a difference both today and in the future. IJDH, which is coordinating the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network with a tiny staff and budget, needs your help. The organization needs lawyers – particularly French or Creole speakers – whose firms will support them in a pro bono rotation program/externship in Haiti. To become part of the Earthquake Response Network or provide financial support, please click here.
We’ll share more Seminar/Forum highlights in future issues of the Wire.