To assist in your planning, the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Celebration Task Force has developed a packet of materials. This packet has how-to information and sample materials to support a variety of fun, educational and beneficial activities. Please contact the VLP to get your packet today! The list below will help you get started.
On August 31, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued a proclamation declaring October 2016 as Pro Bono Month in the state of Alabama. To view the signed proclamation, go here.
Proclamations are an easy way to recognize and celebrate the pro bono work of your local bar. Contact your state and local officials and ask them to sign a proclamation recognizing October 2016 as Pro Bono Month.
The Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Celebration Task Force is providing materials that can be used by local bar associations and other organizations to present a one hour ethics CLE program. These materials were prepared by Professor Jeffrey R. Baker, Director of Clinical Program, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama.
Before using the “Professional Responsibility for Pro Bono Practice” CLE Materials please read and follow the instructions below:
- Although the materials have been approved for MCLE credit, in order for your organization to receive MCLE credit for an event you must contact Linda L. Lund, Director Volunteer Lawyers Program, at email@example.com.
- All those in attendance must sign in. A list of those in attendance must be submitted to the MCLE Department of the Alabama State Bar. The list of attendees should be legible and include the Alabama State Bar number for those in attendance. (A suggested sign-in sheet is included in the MCLE materials.)
- During the presentation each person in attendance must be given the opportunity to complete an evaluation form. (A suggested evaluation form is included in the MCLE materials.)
Please contact Lind Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the Deter Detect Defend Avoid ID Theft brochure. The packet contains a CD, DVD and informational material on planning and hosting an Identity Theft Community Education Program. This packet was prepared and supplied by the FTC.
Clinics provide excellent opportunities for pro bono attorneys to meet one-on-one with low-income individuals in the community. Typically volunteers provide advice and consultation, direct representation and/or education/outreach services. Clinics can be general in nature or targeted to a particular legal need or client group.
The National Celebration of Pro Bono features diverse strategies to effectively engage volunteers with clients in a clinical setting. Below are materials for two types of clinics held in Alabama during the celebration. These materials include a planning timeline to get you started sample flyers and news releases to publicize your event and materials to record and track the services you provided. Additional examples can be found on the National Pro Bono Celebration website.
Counsel and Advice Clinic Materials:
Wills for Heroes Clinic Materials: