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ABA Center for Public Interest Law News and events related to the American Bar Association Division for Public Services and other ABA public interest law activities. Throughout its history, one of the goals of the American Bar Association has been to apply the knowledge and experience of the legal profession to promotion of the public good.
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This is the overriding mission of the Division for Public Services, providing expertise for attorney-directed programs and activities that lend focus, voice, and visibility to the Association’s public service role.

This is the overriding mission of the Division for Public Services, providing expertise for attorney-directed programs and activities that lend focus, voice, and visibility to the Association’s public service role.

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Supporting your commitment to public interest work is our mission. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers ...
05/19/2021

Supporting your commitment to public interest work is our mission. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Association’s advocacy efforts. Get involved with member-driven programming and special pro bono opportunities. Public interest lawyers enjoy reduced annual membership rates: $75 for those in the first 4 years of practice and $150 for those with more experience. ambar.org/JoinPublicInterest

Supporting your commitment to public interest work is our mission. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Association’s advocacy efforts. Get involved with member-driven programming and special pro bono opportunities. Public interest lawyers enjoy reduced annual membership rates: $75 for those in the first 4 years of practice and $150 for those with more experience. ambar.org/JoinPublicInterest

Some people hope for change. YOU make it happen. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Ass...
05/14/2021

Some people hope for change. YOU make it happen. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Association’s advocacy efforts. Get involved with member-driven programming and special pro bono opportunities. Public interest lawyers enjoy reduced annual membership rates: $75 for those in the first 4 years of practice and $150 for those with more experience. ambar.org/JoinPublicInterest

Some people hope for change. YOU make it happen. Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Association’s advocacy efforts. Get involved with member-driven programming and special pro bono opportunities. Public interest lawyers enjoy reduced annual membership rates: $75 for those in the first 4 years of practice and $150 for those with more experience. ambar.org/JoinPublicInterest

Congratulations to our very own Cheryl Zalenski, Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, on being honored with the Tany...
05/06/2021

Congratulations to our very own Cheryl Zalenski, Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, on being honored with the Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the Year Award. As stated during the ceremony, Cheryl "makes all of our programs better." Thank you for all you do, Cheryl! #ejc21

Congratulations to our very own Cheryl Zalenski, Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, on being honored with the Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the Year Award. As stated during the ceremony, Cheryl "makes all of our programs better." Thank you for all you do, Cheryl! #ejc21

05/05/2021
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Breaking news: federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium today. Legal Services Corporation needs funding now to assist eligible people impacted. Tell Congress LSC needs emergency funding now through the ABA Grassroots Advocacy Action Team at bddy.me/33jR9R0

05/05/2021
Opioid Summit II: Addressing Legal Barriers to Addiction Care and Treatment

Have you registered for the ABA Opioid Summit? Despite years of policy work to address the opioid epidemic, overdose rates are worse than ever and the majority of people in need of treatment do not receive it. Register for the two-day virtual summit by May 7.

Opioid Summit II: Addressing Legal Barriers to Addiction Care and Treatment. Online registration by Cvent

Have you registered for the Equal Justice Conference yet? Did you know that the Second Gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, and Ma...
04/21/2021
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Equal Justice Conference

Have you registered for the Equal Justice Conference yet? Did you know that the Second Gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, and Mark Cuban are speaking during the opening plenary? Read more about the conference below, and join us!

Blog post on the 2021 Equal Justice Conference detailing the features of the conference and reasons to attend.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, THANK YOU to our members and pro bono volunteers for their efforts to defend ...
04/19/2021
A Proclamation on National Volunteer Week, 2021 | The White House

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, THANK YOU to our members and pro bono volunteers for their efforts to defend liberty and pursue justice.
#YourMissionIsOurMission

We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light and love.  Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another.

04/12/2021

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging swift consideration of legislation just passed by the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. HR 1620 would help ensure that victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking have access to healing and justice by funding critical services in every state.https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/government_affairs_office/vawa-support-2021.pdf

Our Center for Public Interest Law colleagues in the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project placed the case and suppor...
04/10/2021
Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison

Our Center for Public Interest Law colleagues in the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project placed the case and supported the pro bono lawyers from Crowell & Moring who secured the release of a former death row inmate earlier this week. The Death Penalty Representation Project truly embodies the ABA motto of “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.”
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A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.

A Valentine’s Day message for public interest lawyers who share our passion for equality and justice for all. Thank you ...
02/12/2021

A Valentine’s Day message for public interest lawyers who share our passion for equality and justice for all. Thank you for all you do for your clients, your community and our profession.

A Valentine’s Day message for public interest lawyers who share our passion for equality and justice for all. Thank you for all you do for your clients, your community and our profession.

Kick off 2021 with fellow public interest lawyers dedicated to defending liberty and pursuing justice! Get inspired and ...
12/31/2020
Center for Public Interest Law

Kick off 2021 with fellow public interest lawyers dedicated to defending liberty and pursuing justice! Get inspired and get involved. Visit ambar.org/publicinterest to learn how.

Carrying the ABA motto of “Defending Liberty and Pursuing Justice” one step further, the Center for Public Interest Law is committed to “Making Justice Real” for people and communities across the country, at the border and around the world through advocacy, research and education.

Lawyers and legal professionals across the country were called upon in 2020 to advance justice and the rule of law amid ...
12/31/2020
2020: ABA Year In Review

Lawyers and legal professionals across the country were called upon in 2020 to advance justice and the rule of law amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a historic election and a national conversation about racial injustice. Here’s a look back at the important work of the ABA and the legal community. Read more about some of this year's initiatives: https://ambar.org/h2m9w

Lawyers and legal professionals across the country were called upon in 2020 to advance justice and the rule of law amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a historic election and a national conversation about racial injustice. Here’s a look back at the important work of the ABA and the legal community

Check out the linked video interviews with Dr. Fauci, Billie Jean King, and Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
12/31/2020
ABA Center for Human Rights presents Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes to Fauci, King and Sotoudeh

Check out the linked video interviews with Dr. Fauci, Billie Jean King, and Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2020 – The American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights presented its third annual Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement this month. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Billie Jean King and Nasrin Sotoudeh were honored in a virtual ceremony.

Join us! And, please share this invite with your fellow public interest lawyers and advocates!
12/11/2020

Join us! And, please share this invite with your fellow public interest lawyers and advocates!

Want to learn about how legal aid lawyers can make impactful change in the race equity arena? Join us for a #free webinar on 12/15 at 1:00 p.m. ET!

This program will include a forward-thinking discussion on what 2021 holds for you, your civil legal aid practice, and your clients, as well as how the ABA advocates on behalf of LSC programs and the issues you care about, and how you can get connected and make an impact.

Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3nMf4R6

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05/09/2018

Charter of the Forest Posters now available! We are pleased to announce availability of free educational poster sets tracing key developments in the history of Charter of the Forest, from its first appearance in England in Magna Carta to today’s international sustainable development efforts.

The nine-poster sets provide colorful and informative educational tools for educators, bar associations, and others interested in the rule of law, the public trust doctrine, environmental protection, and sustainable development.

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/law_library_congress/charter_of_the_forest/resources.html

ABA PRESIDENT HILARIE BASS TO SPEAK AT LAW DAY EVENT AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESSJoin us on May 1 when ABA President Hilarie B...
04/23/2018
Law Day 2018 [Lecture]

ABA PRESIDENT HILARIE BASS TO SPEAK AT LAW DAY EVENT AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Join us on May 1 when ABA President Hilarie Bass holds a Law Day discussion with Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez. Ms. Bass will discuss her career, ABA priorities, and this year’s Law Day theme: Separation of Powers – Framework for Freedom. The event is free, but registration is required. To register and for more information, visit this link: : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/law-day-2018-lecture-tickets-45356446352

“Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the ro...

Don't miss our March 20 webinar, "Key Legal & Ethical Risks Facing Non-Profit Leaders and Boards." Valuable insights and...
03/07/2018
Key Legal & Ethical Risks Facing Non-Profit Leaders and Boards

Don't miss our March 20 webinar, "Key Legal & Ethical Risks Facing Non-Profit Leaders and Boards." Valuable insights and tips, plus CLE ethics/professionalism credit! Visist ShopABA at the ABA web site for details: https://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=305735129&term=Non-Profit&ptype=Webinar---WEB_FACET_2%7eEvents%7eWebinar%7eWEB&pclass=WEB

Join our expert panel to learn about such essentials as safeguarding non-profit status; social media traps; and ethical issues for staff management and Boards of Directors.

Interested in #probono work? Attend the ABA Rule of Law Initiative luncheon on August 14, in New York City, as they high...
08/08/2017
2017 Rule of Law Luncheon: Post-Conflict Transition and the Rule of Law—Lessons from Colombia

Interested in #probono work? Attend the ABA Rule of Law Initiative luncheon on August 14, in New York City, as they highlight extraordinary #ruleoflaw contributions of three volunteers, and learn how YOU can become a pro bono champion too! Tickets are $95, $75 for students: http://bit.ly/2sRvhev

Please join the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in a lunchtime discussion of the particular challenges to the rule of...

Whether it’s environmental degradation, health pandemics, terrorism, cyber-crime, food contamination, or trafficking, co...
07/31/2017
2017 Rule of Law Luncheon: Post-Conflict Transition and the Rule of Law—Lessons from Colombia

Whether it’s environmental degradation, health pandemics, terrorism, cyber-crime, food contamination, or trafficking, contemporary #ruleoflaw problems spill over borders and require creative new international tools and solutions. Join the ABA Rule of Law Initiative on August 14, in New York City, for a discussion of contemporary efforts to advance #ruleoflaw reform around the world. Tickets are $95, $75 for students – register now! http://ow.ly/Jbnx30dUk1B

Please join the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in a lunchtime discussion of the particular challenges to the rule of...

The 2017 ABA Annual Meeting and Public Interest Law This year’s ABA Annual Meeting Public Interest Track reflects 62 eve...
07/26/2017
2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 ABA Annual Meeting and Public Interest Law

This year’s ABA Annual Meeting Public Interest Track reflects 62 events – CLE and non-CLE educational programs, awards events, receptions, an ABA run for charity, and legal services events. View them easily on the ABA mobile app, which also links to materials and attendee and exhibitors lists. Annual Meeting registrants received an e-mail invitation to join the App. Use this e-mail invite to log into the App. If you don’t have iOS or Android, simply verify your account through the e-mail and then use the mobile web version of the App. If the App already is on your device, in the e-mail click “Verify Account” to access advanced features.

While at the Annual Meeting, visit the Division for Public Services exhibit booth #4 at ABA EXPO. Located in the Rhinelander Gallery, Hilton Midtown Hotel, the booth will offer information about the Division and its programs along with our handy “Guide to 2017 Annual Meeting Public Interest Law Activities.” In addition, a special video will feature ABA President Linda Klein, 2017 ABA Medal recipient John D. Feerick, and a bipartisan panel of national experts discussing the public service role of lawyers, with particular reference in 2017 to the leading role of lawyers and the ABA 50 years ago in the drafting, passage, and ratification of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

We look forward to seeing you in New York City. http://ow.ly/BOmF30dTSh5

Are you interested in the most up-to-date Annual Meeting information/schedule? Visit the Annual APP with features to enhance your overall event...

07/13/2017

In the Summer 2017 newsletter, meet Jane Sánchez, the new Law Librarian of Congress LawLibraryofCongress! http://ow.ly/IjXU30dzsTl

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