Providing pro bono representation increases access to justice
Providing pro bono representation increases access to justice. Pro bono attorneys help bridge the "access to justice" gap, which is growing in our region. LASP extends a special thanks to pro bono attorneys for supporting access to justice throughout the year for economically disadvantaged residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Probono.net notes, "The need for legal services among the poor is overwhelming. According to an American Bar Association study, at least 40% of low and moderate-income households experience a legal problem each year. Yet studies show that the collective civil legal aid effort is meeting only about 20% of the legal needs of low-income people."
For more information about pro bono volunteering, please contact Deputy Director Kesha James, Esq., at 610-275-5400 x131 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or one of LASP's pro bono coordinators:
Earn CLE credit for pro bono service: Increase access to justice + accrue CLEs
If you haven’t had time to provide pro bono service because you’ve been busy taking CLEs, you now can do both at once, by earning free CLE credits for your pro bono work at LASP!
Attorneys who donate pro bono service can receive one continuing legal education (CLE) credit for every five hours of pro bono legal work completed, up to 3 CLE credits for 15 hours of service per compliance period.
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) now has Approved CLE Provider status. Thus, attorneys who provide pro bono service to LASP’s low-income, vulnerable clients can get CLE credit.“LASP is excited about being a part of this pilot project. Free CLEs are hard to come by, so this is a great opportunity for attorneys to earn credit while doing very fulfilling work,” said Kesha James, LASP Deputy Director for Advocacy and Pro Bono Director.
To tailor your pro bono service to your interests AND get CLE credit at the same time, contact Kesha James at 610-275-5400 x131 or email@example.com or:
• BUCKS CO.: Jennifer Pierce: 215-340-1818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• CHESTER CO.: Brian Doyle: 610-436-4510 x211 or email@example.com.
• DELAWARE CO.: Tom Kerstan: 610-874-8421 x313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• MONTGOMERY CO.: Michael Kelley: 610-275-5400 x125 or email@example.com.
Retired attorneys: Emeritus status allows you to provide pro bono service
Are you a retired attorney with some time to give back? You can now apply for emeritus attorney license status to do pro bono work! Pennsylvania Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement 403 creates an emeritus status for retired attorneys to provide pro bono service to Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and other nonprofit legal aid programs.
"There is a significant gap between the need for pro bono legal services for the most vulnerable and the availability of those services in the community," Disciplinary Board Chair Doug Leonard said.