Schedule and List of Questions

Schedule of Questions for the National Online Pro Bono Conversation

To see all comments for each question, click on the posted Question Links below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Question 1 How To Meet Unmet Needs?:While pro bono programs have proliferated in the past three decades, most legal needs studies say that nearly 80% of the basic legal needs of poor people still remain unmet.  What changes need to be made in the legal services delivery system in order to more significantly use the private bar to meet the legal needs of those who are poor?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Question 2: The Shape of Public/Private Bar Collaboration? What are the best ways for the public interest and private bars to work together to provide high quality legal services to poor and marginalized people?

  • How can we increase collaboration between all segments of the legal community?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Question 3: Innovative Models That Work? What innovative, creative models already do or would result in increased legal services for low income individuals and communities?

  • Are there new ways of thinking about the delivery of legal services that would result in meeting more need?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Question 4: How best To Engage Law Students? What methods have you found most effective in engaging law students in pro bono?

  • What type of legal work have you found is both most appropriate for law students and helpful for clients?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Question 5: Role of Law Schools? What suggestions do you have for law schools that would result in the graduation of students committed to access for all?

Monday , September 26, 2011

Question 6: Role of the Judiciary? What is the best role of the judiciary in promoting pro bono participation?

  • How can the courts be actively and effectively involved?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Question 7: Doing and/or Donating?  Some lawyers prefer to give money rather than their time and skill, and some legal services/pro bono organizations would also prefer this arrangement. Others favor both a monetary and personal commitment to pro bono work/legal services. How do you see this issue? What suggestions do you have?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Question 8.Best Role for Corporate Attorneys? Government Attorneys? What is the best way to recruit and utilize corporate in house counsel?  Government attorneys?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Question 9.What is the Role of Awards in Generating Pro Bono?

What is the role of rewards/awards in generating pro bono participation? What evidence do you have of their efficacy?

  • What are your best practices in inspiring and rewarding pro bono participation?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Question 10: What systemic issues do you see?

What systemic issues do you see in the delivery of legal services and equal access to justice?   How does pro bono fit (or not) into the big picture?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Question 11.The Pro Se Issue?

The overwhelming majority of low income people appear pro se in court. What should the role of pro bono assistance be for these clients?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Question 12: Best Use of Technology?

How can we better use technology? What kinds of information could/should we disseminate, and how?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Question 13: How Best To Serve Remote Communities?

.How do we serve the hard to reach geographical communities?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Question 14.How do we ensure high quality pro bono work?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Question15. More extensive use of non-lawyers?

Could well-trained legal assistants and paralegals assume greater responsibility and provide specific forms of legal relief? What matters would be appropriate to such specialized forms of representation?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Question 16. Relationship Between Professional Development and Pro Bono?

What should the relationship be between professional development and pro bono services?

Questions for November and beyond: Please add your suggestions for additional questions as a comment below.

1.Should there be more opportunities to do international pro bono service projects?

2.  How can the services of various kinds of experts be more reasonably and affordably obtained?

3.  How can pro bono services be highlighted or publicized to improve the general public’s understanding of the importance of access to justice?

4.  How do pro bono legal service advance and protect the best interests of children in our society?

5.  How do pro bono legal services complement the work of legislatures in advancing the interests of society at large?

6.  How do pro bono legal services expand the options of the legislative and executive branches in promoting the well-being of society?

7.What kind of “non-legal” services are most frequently needed in pro bono legal matters, and how might they be provided?



One thought on “Schedule and List of Questions

  1. Monday, Sept. 19
    I’ve found that it is easiest to get law students involved if you give them an opportunity to be in the courtroom – we have a program in which volunteer attorneys attend the forcible entry and detainer docket twice a week and offer to mediate the disputes in order to preserve the tenants’ access to low-income housing. If they are evicted, they loose the access. If there is simply an agreement for them to vacate, they do not. Law students can participate in the mediations with an attorney mentor. It is a small time requirement, but the value of mediation is made clear to the law students.

    Posted by Karen Langdon | September 29, 2011, 1:59 pm

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