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Volunteer Appreciation Awards, Reception & CLE
Great turnout for the evening's events on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Jones Walker. The complete story with the 2015 Award winners and photo gallery is up at: Applause
2015 Pro Bono Law Firm:
Curry & Friend, PLC
Please enjoy the recap of the Professionalism CLE, "Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Discovery" and download the presentation at: CLE Recap
After The Ball ...
See Walt Pierce's photo album on our Facebook page: JFAB 2015 FB
Take the JFAB 2015 Survey. Help us plan another spectacular event in 2016!
In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we pay tribute to the many people who came to the aid of The Pro Bono Project in the days after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of our beloved City. Read the Community Thank You letter.
We recount some of the many stories from the moment when we realized that both our clients and our volunteers were spread across the country, as was our entire population, right up until the present day.
While Hurricane Katrina is long gone, the aftermath still lingers on.
Read stories on our Hurricane Katrina Retrospective page.
CLE Credit for Pro Bono Hours
Read about the new rule taking effect on May 1, 2015 in the latest from CityBusiness.
Congratulations to Adams and Reese attorneys, Martin Stern, Jeff Richardson and Ron Sholes, retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Harry T. Lemmon and Louisiana Appleseed for their combined efforts to move this proposal forward.
Read the entire rule.
Dear Friends of The Pro Bono Project:
Friends often tease me about being change-resistant—about relishing tradition and order to a fault. But even I acknowledge the inevitability of change and the potential it creates.
As I become the 2016 chair of The Pro Bono Project, which I am delighted to say celebrates 30 years of service to our community this year, The Project faces unprecedented change: Rachel Piercey, The Project’s Executive Director since its founding in 1986, stepped down at the end of 2015 to pursue a host of long-postponed interests.
As well, Linton Carney, who has served ably as The Project’s Chief Legal Officer for the past seven years, will be retiring at the end of the first quarter of 2016.
Rachel and Linton each have left an indelible mark on The Project, and I know that all of you join me in thanking them for their extraordinary service. They also leave gigantic shoes to fill, a process we already have begun.
The Board’s Executive Committee has engaged a search firm to help us find the best candidates for our vacancies, and we are committed to moving expeditiously to ensure the effective recruiting of new leadership.
The members of the Executive Committee—Jan Hayden of Baker Donelson, Chris Ralston of Phelps Dunbar, Wendy Hickok Robinson of Entergy, Bob Kutcher of Chopin, Wagar, Richard & Kutcher, and our Immediate Past Chair, the indefatigable Carole Cukell Neff of Sessions Fishman, and I have made that successful transition our highest priority. Just as importantly, we have also taken steps to ensure that our dedicated and talented Project staff members have access to us and get the necessary direction to continue the extraordinary work they do on a daily basis.
Rest assured that the search for new Project leadership has not prevented us from identifying important goals we hope to achieve in 2016.
One priority for this year’s Board is to update The Project’s strategic plan, which calls for identifying new sources of institutional and individual funding to supplement what you generously provide so that The Project can fulfill its mission to provide the underserved in our six-parish radius with the critical civil legal services they otherwise could not afford.
Another is to seek new ways for lawyers and other volunteers to find engagement with and satisfaction in being a part of The Project’s important work, and to help make pro bono service even more widespread in the Gulf South.
And it wouldn’t be a new calendar year at The Project if we weren’t already planning this year’s Justice for All Ball, the annual celebration where those who provide service and financial support to The Project come together for extraordinary food, fabulous music, and a chance to share in the pride that comes with doing something to help those who need it, and to strengthen our community at the same time.
If we haven’t met, I hope we will have that opportunity at this year’s Ball in September, if not before. Because we welcome all who would like to help The Project open doors for those who need its services, I hope we will have a chance to work together long before we congregate at that event in the Audubon Tea Room. I welcome your ideas, feedback, and support for The Project. The easiest and fastest way to reach me is by email: Norm Rubenstein
Meanwhile, a healthy, happy, and successful new year to you all!
Chair, Board of Directors
The Pro Bono Project