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Professor Lori Borgen, Center for Social Justice Pro Bono Service Program

Pro Bono Week: Final Training SessionToday

ABA President Paulette Brown: "Pro bono work not only improves the profession and advances the rule of law, it also shows the nation that lawyers matter, and helps make our nation’s pledge of ‘justice for all’ a reality."


Seven years ago, the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service created an annual national spotlight on pro bono service, recognizing the increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times, and to highlight the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand.

ABA President Paulette Brown ’76 launched a new initiative this year, “And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service,” with the goal of mobilizing tens of thousands of lawyers to volunteer their legal services to those in need on October 30.

Pro bono work not only improves the profession and advances the rule of law, it also shows the nation that lawyers matter, and helps make our nation’s pledge of ‘justice for all’ a reality,” President Brown said. "The ABA is encouraging all attorneys and law students to participate in pro bono work on October 30, 2015, or a nearby date, through activities such as attending a training session or volunteering in a legal advice clinic."

Seton Hall Law School's Pro Bono Service Program, which supports dozens of organizations in the surrounding Newark community year round, is showing its support for Pro Bono Week with three training sessions:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12-1 p.m.

Last Resort Exoneration Project – Lesley Risinger, Esq., Director, “Assessing Innocence Claims Not Based on Genetic Testing”

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10-11 a.m.

New Jersey Public Interest Law Center/Sentinel Project – Renee Steinhagen, Esq., Director, “Health Insurance Appeals”

Monday, November 2, 2015, 4-5 p.m.

Disability Rights New Jersey – Ruth Lowenkron, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, “Understanding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” 

Students who are interested in participating in the Law School’s Pro Bono Service Program are welcome to attend these sessions and learn about opportunities to volunteer this semester, during the winter break, or in an upcoming semester.

To sign up for one of the sessions, please contact Lori Borgen (pictured), Director of the Pro Bono Service Program, at lori.borgen@shu.edu.

Students are also invited to meet in the Atrium with representatives from the Center for Social Justice Pro Bono Service Program on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and to register for trainings.