Pro Bono Week 2013

Celebrate Pro Bono 2012 image badge large

Arkansas attorneys and law students will celebrate National Pro Bono Week beginning Saturday, October 20, 2013, with a series of events that will include the provision of free legal services to veterans and homeless Arkansans and additional events throughout the week. 

The celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens. Events throughout the week will encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services and serve to showcase the great difference that pro bono attorneys make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities, and most of all, to the clients they serve.

Event highlights in Arkansas include:

Monday, October 21
Center for Arkansas Legal Services Open House & Student Award Reception
- The UALR Bowen School of Law, Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership, and Center for Arkansas Legal Services will host an open house at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services Little Rock office at 4 p.m. The Center will also recognize students for their outstanding pro bono volunteerism and public service activities.

Tuesday, October 22 – Center for Arkansas Legal Services Veterans Outreach Event at UALR Bowen School of Law
Volunteer attorneys will be available from 3-8 p.m. to prepare simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney for health care and financial matters to veterans and their families in central Arkansas. This is a free service provided by Arkansas lawyers from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and multiple other organizations, law firms, bar associations and UALR Bowen School of Law.

Wednesday, October 23 – Legal Aid of Arkansas Medical-Legal Partnership Outreach Event at Arkansas Children's Hospital
Volunteer attorneys will be available from 1-5 p.m. to prepare simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney for health care and financial matters to families at Arkansas Children's Hospital. This is a free service provided by Arkansas lawyers from Legal Aid of Arkansas and multiple other organizations, law firms, bar associations, and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Thursday, October 24

  • iProBono - In celebration of the upcoming one year anniversary of the launch of the first-of-its-kind iPhone app attorneys from across the state are encouraged to use their smart phone video camera to make a 10-30 second video about why they provide pro bono work. Snippets will be collected and combined into the "iProBono" video collection and posted online.
  • Legal Aid of Arkansas Open House & Reception - The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership, and Legal Aid of Arkansas will host an open house in Jonesboro at 4 p.m. The location will be announced soon, so sign up to receive Pro Bono Case Alerts.
  • National Pro Bono Week Luncheon at UA School of Law at Fayetteville - The University of Arkansas School of Law will host a luncheon on Thurs., Oct. 24 for all students, faculty and staff as part of National Pro Bono Week. The luncheon will feature a reading of Mayor Lioneld Jordan's Proclamation of Pro Bono Week in the City of Fayetteville and a keynote address by Mr. William Waddell, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Service to Access to Justice in Arkansas Award. Mr. Waddell will speak on balancing pro bono and private practice as an active attorney.

Friday, October 25 – Hope 2013 & Just Jeans
Legal Aid of Arkansas will be assisting with the fifth annual HOPE 2013 at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event will be a one-stop resource for area homeless, who will have access to haircuts, eye exams, groceries, dental exams, veteran services, free lunch, and free legal advice. Legal advice will be provided by Legal Aid of Arkansas and the members of the Equal Access to Justice Panel.

Law firms, corporate legal departments, government legal offices, judicial offices, and law schools are encouraged to participate in the Just Jeans event by observing a casual Friday on October 25, 2013, with participants making a minimum suggested contribution of $5. Contributions collected will go to the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation to support efforts to increase the financial and pro bono volunteer resources available to our state’s two legal aid providers. In turn, this will help low-income Arkansans, including domestic violence victims, children, and senior citizens, access the legal services that they need.