American Bar Association Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network -- www.abavcan.org
The ABA, in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is providing unrepresented veterans who have pending disability benefits claims with the opportunity to work with lawyers who will help the veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA—at no cost to the veterans.
***Note: VCAN ATTORNEY REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED... The ABA Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network (VCAN) has been operating as a demonstration pilot and has recently completed its case intake target for the pilot phase. Accordingly, there are no pro bono case assignments available for new volunteer attorneys until VCAN’s operation is resumed in the near future.
April 16 is a day set aside each year to inspire, educate, and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance-care planning. It's an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. April 16 will be here before we know it, so be sure to take action now. There are numerous resources for engaging in conversations and for documenting wishes at www.nhdd.org.
Wills for Heroes programs provide essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first responders plan now, they ensure their family's legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits. The 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit Wills for Heroes Foundation supports these Wills programs, giving back to the community and "protecting those who protect us."
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is the national source for information, resources and assistance to support, facilitate, and expand the delivery of pro bono legal assistance. The Standing Committee and its Center for Pro Bono, encourages lawyers to do pro bono work and help them connect with opportunities that meet their needs. The Committee's initiatives services help pro bono programs, advocates, and policymakers address the legal needs of the poor. It also hosts the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide -- http://www.probono.net/aba_oppsguide/.
Medical-legal partnerships integrate lawyers in a health care setting to help patients navigate the complex legal system that often holds solutions to many social determinants of health--income supports for food, utility shut-off protection during cold winter months, and mold removal from the homes of asthmatic children. Doctors and lawyers partner at hospitals and health centers nationwide to serve children, the elderly, cancer patients, pregnant women, the formerly incarcerated reentry community and other vulnerable populations. Medical-legal partnerships receive pro bono assistance from dozens of law firms and lawyers across the U.S.
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. NHeLP has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chapel Hill, NC. If you are interested in pro bono opportunities with NHeLP, call Emily Spitzer, Executive Director, at (202) 289-7661.
The Pro Bono Institute is a small non-profit organization that provides research, consultative services, analysis and assessment, publications, and training to a broad range of legal audiences. The Law Firm Pro Bono Project is the only global effort designed to support and enhance the pro bono culture and performance of major law firms in the U.S. and around the world. The Project's goal is to fully integrate pro bono into the practice, philosophy, and culture of firms so that larger law firms provide the institutional support, infrastructure, and encouragement essential to fostering a climate supportive of pro bono service and promoting partner and associate participation.
Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a national pro bono partnership project of the Pro Bono Institute and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), is a resource for legal departments and in-house attorneys interested in doing pro bono work. CPBO provides technical assistance, online services, training, surveys, research materials, onsite pro bono clinics, and confidential consultation services to in-house pro bono volunteers. The CPBO website, www.cpbo.org, is a resource for in-house lawyers seeking volunteer opportunities, information about how to start a pro bono program in one's legal department or ACC Chapter, or quick answers to commonly asked questions about in-house pro bono. Its online resources include an extensive search engine for pro bono projects and events, best practices profiles of the pro bono programs and policies of other legal departments, up-to-date news on developments in corporate pro bono, and a library of resources to answer questions and concerns.
Lawyers and front-line health care providers – doctors, nurses and social workers – are now partnered at over 160 hospitals and health centers nationwide serving children, the elderly, cancer patients, pregnant women, the formerly incarcerated, reentry community, and other vulnerable populations. The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership supports the expansion, advancement, and integration of the medical-legal partnership model by providing technical assistance to partnership sites, facilitating the MLP Network, and coordinating national research and policy activities related to preventive law, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. Medical-legal partnerships aim to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, children, and families by integrating legal assistance into the medical setting, and by addressing social determinants of health, and seeking to eliminate barriers to health care to help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy.
The International Senior Lawyers Project provides volunteer legal services by skilled and experienced attorneys to advance democracy and the rule of law, protect human rights, and promote equitable economic development worldwide. Through the pro bono work of retired and active practitioners, working independently and in law firms, ISLP helps governments and citizens develop and implement legal reforms, assists programs that advance the social and economic well-being of people in developing countries, and builds the capacity of local organizations and professionals to meet the needs of their communities.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a nonprofit organization, seeks to advance the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities. It seeks to ensure that low-income individuals can gain access to all of the vital public benefits and services for which they are eligible. NCLEJ staff work in partnership with public interest advocates, private law firms, legal services lawyers, and grassroots groups across the country.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, sponsored by the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, seeks volunteer attorneys to represent veteran appellants before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Private attorneys with no veterans law experience are welcome. Most cases can be completed in 50 hours. Almost 1,350 attorneys have already accepted almost 3,000 cases under the program. Volunteers participate in an in-depth full-day training program by experts, and receive a detailed practice manual after case referral. Cases are prescreened for merit in advance of assignment. Volunteer lawyers are quickly oriented to the case with a memorandum describing the facts and legal issues. Further assistance to volunteer attorneys is available from mentors. Malpractice insurance is provided.
Lists programs in each state, but is not limited to health law related organizations. This directory is geared towards the needs of pro bono program managers and staff.