Bloggers, I challenge you to publish one blog post between October 24 and October 30 in honor of the 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration. I am, and Tim Eigo, Scott Kuhagen, and Mike Monahan have pledged to join me. You should, too.
The National Pro Bono Celebration is a big deal. Last year, every state participated. Nearly 600 events were held. A number of legal aid organizations, pro bono programs, and bar associations created videos. Hundreds of people posted messages to Twitter and Facebook. But only a few bloggers published posts to recognize the lawyers and paralegals who provide free legal services to those who can't afford to pay.
I had hoped that more bloggers would reflect on their experiences, recognize their colleagues, and use the opportunity to talk about pro bono legal services. So this year, I want to see bloggers involved. Will you pledge to publish one post during the National Pro Bono Celebration? (And if you don't have a blog but want to sign up, let me know. Perhaps I can find a blog interested in a series of guests posts.)
Your post doesn't have to be elegant or elaborate. Just tell us what pro bono means to you. Perhaps you could tell us
- why you take pro bono cases;
- why access to the courts is important;
- about a memorable pro bono case;
- why you admire a colleague's pro bono service;
- about the pro bono program you work with;
- about a legal issue faced by low-income people that is related to your blog's topic;
- where lawyers can sign up for pro bono cases; or
- where people can find free legal help.
And you don't have to be a lawyer to join this challenge. Feel free to sign up if you were helped by a pro bono attorney, know that your clients or customers have benefited from free legal assistance, or if your business supports pro bono or legal aid organizations.
At the end of the week, I'll gather all of the posts together and list them on techno.la. (This will be in addition to my National Pro Bono Celebration post.)
Bloggers, you know that you'll be blogging that week. Why not join the celebration? Sign up here.- K