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Pro Bono: Free Legal Services In US

The term "pro bono" comes from the Latin pro bono publico, which means "for the public good." The ABA defines the parameters of pro bono for performing lawyers in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  Model Rule 6.1 states that lawyers should aim to render--without fee--at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year, with an importance that these services be provided to people of limited means or non-profit organizations that serve the poor. The rule identifies that only lawyers have the special skills and knowledge wanted to secure access to justice for low-income people, whose enormous unmet legal needs are well documented. Almost every state has an ethical rule that calls upon lawyers to render pro bono services.

In the law school setting, pro bono normally refers to student provision of voluntary, law-related services to people of limited means or to community-based non-profit organizations, for which the student does not take academic credit or pay.

The Need for Pro Bono Service


 Pro bono opportunities obtainable by law schools teach students that for the economically disadvantaged, the inability to get legal services for basic needs can have dire consequences. Students learn first-hand that for many people, pro bono legal assistance is vital to keep up minimum levels of basic needs such as government benefits, income, shelter, utilities, child support and physical protection. The special skills students develop during law school can significantly advantage the underprivileged and bridge the rapidly growing gap between the legal needs of those who cannot meet the expense of legal services and the resources available to meet those needs.

 


Pro Bono Opportunities in Law School


Some schools have designated pro bono packages, staffed by professionals who service match students with outside organizations that do pro bono work. Other schools provide administrative support for student groups involved in pro bono work while others lack an organized school-wide program but depend on student groups to form and run projects. Typically, the openings cover a wide range of legal needs, such as family law, children's issues, consumer fraud, AIDS-related problems, housing, immigration, taxation, environmental law, criminal defence, elder law and death penalty appeals. 

At least 39 law schools require students to engage in pro bono or public service as a condition of graduation. These schools may have need of a specific number of hours of pro bono legal service as a condition of graduation (e.g. 20-75 hours) or they may need a combination of pro bono legal service, clinical work and community-based volunteer work. Law schools with voluntary rather than mandatory pro bono service policies inspire students to assist lawyers and legal aid organizations by offering incentives, such as awards at graduation or special notations on law school trans c r i p ts, or by creating pro bono an important part of a school's culture.

Benefits of Pro Bono Programs in Law School


Pro bono programs benefit students to develop professionalism and an understanding of a lawyer's responsibility to the community. Participation facilitates student involvement in the community and raises the availability of legal services to needy populations. Students also advantage by increasing their knowledge and marketability, gaining practical experience, developing skills, enhancing their reputations and exploring alternative career openings.

Support for Pro Bono and Public Service in Law School


A number of organizations support for pro bono and public service in law school, including the ABA Center for Pro Bono, PSJD, Equal Justice Works, and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).


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I have been to court 3 times trying to modify my child support since 2010. I lost my home, my stock brokerage licnese and insurance license due to back child support so I lost my high paying career.

I even appealed a lower court ruling and lost. I got evicted from my rental unit and now live in my brothers lanai. I bring home $ 248 a week. 

I just made a large commission, finally, and now the payroll company took 100% of the commission and sent it to my ex wife along with 55% of my salary. 

I asked Florida dept of revenue to look at my case and they declined. I have no where to turn, I am destitute and ordered to pay $ 615 a week plus $5200 a year in extras. $ 37,000 a year on a salary of $ 30,000. Someone help me please. 

 

Robert Lapergola

727-777-3308

13 Apr 2019

I have a problem I've needed solved for five years.  My son's mother is extremely unstable. She dropped him (he's 5) off at my home last night with a bag full of clothing. She sent him to the door and stayed in her car parked in front of my house. When I went out to ask her if something was wrong she stated he tells her everyday he doesn't want to be there he wants his dad.  We have joint custody week on week off so this was 3 days into her week visitation. She's upset crying and seemed unstable. She started to drive away and than slams on the brakes asking what did I want to do about it.  I said I guess go sign the paperwork I'd gladly keep. I return inside where my son is telling my partner about his day. He's saying his mom's signing off on him she doesn't want him she going to move away have a new baby or just kill herself at which point I called an officer to document all this as several times in the past she's dropped him off saying simpler things than trys to make it look like I took him or I've done wrong. My son tells the officer these things which almost brings him to tears having to hear a five year old baby boy say his mother says these things that he's scared for her asks the cop to check on her it's absolutely heartbreaking. My son goes on to tell me later that his mom had taken him to a cemetery she told him to get out and walk to my house. Than he stated she got confused and came back to get him and than she brought him to my house.  I've been trying to fight for custody of my son for years. When he was 18 months she left an unintentional voice mail on my phone of her yelling and cussing him to go the f*** to sleep. She's left him in the care of his grandmother where he returned with a inch and a half long bruise on his butt whom is also married too and resides with a registered sex offender with convicted crimes against a child under the age of 14 and also released him to a convicted needle junkie when she was jailed with illegal drugs. The list of her offenses and obvious disregard for this babies life and well being goes on and on with plenty of documentations to prove.    This morning I filed an ex parte order asking for a temporary order of full custody  to be able to keep my son safe until his mother can be evaluated or we can get the investigation that I filed for Nov 1 2018 done. The judge denied my son safety once again. I'm desperate to help my son and to show that these courts are not doing their job they're not protecting children and the recent case of the mother whom took the lives of three precious babies weights heavily on my mind. I feel like no matter what evidence I have no matter what she puts my son thru these courts will never help him until it's too late. Please I swear everything I said is the truth and any help or exposure I can get is a step closer to keeping my son safe and out of the constant termoil he's had to deal with for five years. I can not spend another night while he cries himself to sleep out of terror of what may come next. Thank you for your time and please free to contact me with any help or advice you may be able to extend.

Sincerely,

Kash Fletcher jr

545 union St 

Bronson mi 49028

(517)677-1512

22 Mar 2019

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