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

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