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Pledge “celebrateprobono”

"I will publish a blog post between October 24 and October 30 to celebrate the second National Pro Bono Celebration but only if 10 other people will do the same."

— Kate Bladow, Blogger at

Deadline to sign up by: 30th October 2010
32 people signed up (22 over target)

Country: United States

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Nationally, lawyers spend thousands of hours providing free services to people who can't afford legal representation. To recognize their contributions to clients and the nation's system of justice, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring the 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration from October 24 through October 30, 2010. During this week, local communities will hold events to celebrate these individuals and the amazing work that they do.

In addition to the local events, let's bring the National Pro Bono Celebration online. Pledge to publish at least one post on your blog between October 24 and October 30 that recognizes those who provide pro bono legal services.

If you need ideas, you could
*Describe why you take pro bono cases.
*Explain why access to the courts is important.
*Recount one of your pro bono cases.
*Attend a local event and write about the experience.
*Recognize a pro bono lawyer who helped you or your organization.
*Identify where people can find free legal help.
*Let people know where they can sign up for pro bono opportunities.
*Ask your readers to donate to a pro bono or legal aid organization.
*Address an issue faced by low-income households. (For example, if you blog about taxes, you could discuss the Earned Income Tax Credit or Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics.)
*Profile an attorney who does pro bono at your firm.
*If you are a business, blog about the services that you provide to support pro bono or legal aid organizations.

I'll gather all of the posts that I can find together and post a list on (If you write a post and want to make certain I see it, you can comment here and add a link.)

For more information about the National Pro Bono Celebration, visit For other access-to-justice news and updates on this pledge, see

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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Kate Bladow, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Tim Eigo
  • Mike Monahan
  • Scott Kuhagen
  • Bill Pollak
  • Sharon Browning
  • Jessica Stuart
  • Tony Lu
  • Laura Bergus
  • Pam Weisz
  • Margaret Hamlett Shinn
  • Jacqueline Dowd
  • Jeff Brown
  • Greg Bloom
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Robin Wheeler
  • Robert Ambrogi
  • Randy Barnhart
  • R. David Donoghue
  • Courtney Ivins, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
  • Michelle Nicolet
  • George M Weinert V
  • V. Mary Abraham
  • Eva Reffell
  • Ken Montenegro
  • Lewis Kinard
  • DrMMcLaughlin
  • Gregory Luce
  • Will Sumners
  • Jared Correia
  • Jennifer Santini
  • Carolyn Elefant
  • Cat McConnell

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