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  • 1. Pro Bono In Badgerland: Collaboration, Communication & Support Jeff Brown, State Bar of Wisconsin Dan Idzikowski, Marquette Law School Marsha Mansfield, UW Law School Pat Risser, Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • 2. The Plan
    • Who we are
    • What we believe
    • What we’re doing
    • What we’ve learned
    • How you can do it too
  • 3. UW Law School
    • School
      • 850 students
    • Community
      • Madison, WI
      • Political capital
      • Pop. 200,000
      • 5% families in poverty
      • 28.6% minorities
    • Wisconsin Idea & Law in Action
  • 4. Marquette Law School
    • School
      • 698 students
    • Community
      • Milwaukee, WI
      • Economic capital
      • Pop. 546,000
      • 22% families in poverty
      • 71% “minorities”
    • Be the Difference
  • 5. Legal Action of Wisconsin VLP
    • LSC grantee
    • Integrated staff and pro bono program
      • 45 staff lawyers & 25 paralegals (approx.)
      • 1400 volunteers
    • Serving 39 southern counties
    • Includes the state’s most urbanized areas and many rural counties
    • Extensive training and support
    • Equal Justice Under Law
  • 6. The State Bar of Wisconsin
    • 14,000 active, resident members
    • Over 50% report some free pro bono
    • Goal is a 20% annual increase in pro bono
    • ATJ & pro bono part of strategic plan
    • Legal Assistance Committee role
    • Benefits and resources
    • Communications & recruitment efforts
  • 7. Distinct, Overlapping Missions UW Law School Legal Action of WI Marquette Law School State Bar of WI
  • 8. Some Challenges
    • Students
      • Commitment —time & school calendar
      • Limitations of student practice rule
    • Providers
      • resources for training & supervision
    • Lawyers/Firms/Bar
      • Finding lawyers willing to take pro bono and supervise law students
  • 9. Opportunities
    • Shaping the next generation of lawyers
    • Building familiarity and commitment among new partners
    • Learning opportunity for students
    • Increasing access to justice
  • 10. Requirements of Collaboration
    • Time
    • Relationships
    • Commitment
    • Resources
  • 11. Traditional Efforts
    • Some collaboration
    • Clinical experiences
      • Unemployment
      • Family law
      • Restraining orders
      • General legal clinics
      • Internships
  • 12. Less Traditional
    • Higher level of collaboration involved
    • Broader Partnerships
      • Pro Bono Initiative
      • CALR
      • Partnering with nonprofit law firms
      • M-LINC
      • Law firm sponsored clinic
  • 13. Lessons
    • Communicate early and often
    • Holistic approaches add strength/depth
  • 14. Questions?