September 18: Justice For All Ball
Join us for the 27th Annual Justice For All Ball, Friday September 18, 2015 from 8:00 pm to midnight. Steven Lane is our JFAB Committee Chair. Mrs. Gayle Benson is our Honorary Chair and Michael Guidry is creating our invitation art. For more information and to buy single tickets: JFAB 2015
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Giving On GiveNOLA Day: Celebrating The Opening Doors Challenge Winners
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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.
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The Progressive Lawyer's Spotlight on Pro Bono:
To all those who took the time to donate to The Pro Bono Project on GiveNOLA Day, THANK YOU from the Board, Staff, Volunteers and the Children whom we serve. Your GiveNOLA Day gifts support The Project in providing civil legal services for the growing number of children in our community who need a voice in the civil justice system.
Funds are still being tallied and we'll have our final amount in the next few days. As of midnight, 86 gifts totaling more than $11,000 were received. We'll have a final tally in a few days and will be posting the winners of the Opening Doors Challenge, as well.
Again, our thanks to all who took the time to give on GiveNOLA Day!
2014 Justice For All Ball - Photos & Winners
2014 Equal Justice Conference Update
Watch Jeffrey Robinson move the crowd at the Opening Session of ABA's 2014 Equal Justice Conference.
Giving On GiveNOLA Day: Celebrating The 'Opening Doors Challenge' Winners
As part of this year’s GiveNOLA Day citywide fundraising event, we introduced the Opening Doors Challenge. The challenge was simple: the firm making the highest total donation, and the individual lawyer within that firm making the single largest donation, as well as the individual making the largest single donation overall will be profiled on our website and in our e-news In Brief. The individuals will also receive two additional tickets each to the 2015 Justice For All Ball.
This month, we honor Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC and Board Chair Carole Cukell Neff as the firm and individual firm lawyer, respectively, for stepping up to the plate in the Opening Doors Challenge with the largest donations from a firm.
For individual giving, the single largest donor overall is Board member Michelle Egan, Managing Director of Talent Development for O’Melveny & Myers in San Francisco; she will be featured in our August In Brief and on the website.
Congratulations to all and thanks for your commitment to open more doors in 2015 for our clients!
Our law firm has always thought of pro bono as an obligation that we have. This stems from caring about the legal profession and the work we do and caring about the people for whom we do the work.
There is great satisfaction and a personal, emotional reward from helping people who cannot afford quality legal services, which is a satisfaction that you cannot get any other way.
While our lawyers do pro bono legal work, they are not only sharpening their skills, but they are becoming more sensitive to the needs of others, and as a result, they become better lawyers. - Max Nathan, Jr., Senior Partner
Read the entire Sessions story: SESSIONS
As 2015 Board Chair of The Pro Bono Project, Carole Cukell Neff has taken on the challenge of building the organization’s financial future and longevity doing what she does best as a lawyer: estate planning.
Her main goal for this year is to build a planned giving program that will enable lawyers and other supporters to make donations to The Project for the future.
Doing this ensures that the clients in need of civil legal services within the six-parish area The Project serves will always have access to a pro bono lawyer.
This is not a small task. Even after Carole is no longer Chair, she will shepherd this program for The Project and its future clients.
Read Carole's entire story: NEFF