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?
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?
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?
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?
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
What is the role of rewards/awards in generating pro bono participation? What evidence do you have of their efficacy?
Monday, October 10, 2011
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
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
How can we better use technology? What kinds of information could/should we disseminate, and how?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
.How do we serve the hard to reach geographical communities?
Monday, October 24, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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
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?