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Mark O'Brien

Pro Bono Net Executive Director Mark O'Brien
was selected as a member of the 2012 Fastcase 50, described as "the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology."  Pro Bono Net board member Michael Mills, CEO of Neota Logic, is also among those recognized this year.
 
New staff that have come on board in the last few months include Mirenda Watkins, LawHelp Interactive Coordinator; Malik Simon, Developer; and Greg Tenzer, Senior Developer.

Mirenda joined Pro Bono Net in July. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT). Before LIFT, Mirenda worked as a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders.  Mirenda lives in New York City and will be relocating to Champaign, Illinois in the fall of 2012.
 
Malik was VP of Business Development/Microsoft Practice for Yagnaum Systems before joining Pro Bono Net in June. Before that he served as a Solutions Manager/Engineer for NPower NY. Malik, who is based in New York, serves as a senior technical advisor to the Central Nervous System Regenerative Medicine Foundation.
 
Greg, who also came aboard in July, brings close to 14 years of experience working on a variety of different online solutions ranging from e-commerce sites to custom online services like roommate/apartment matching for long and short-term stays.  He is based in New York.

We are fortunate to have a summer intern, Yanting Zhang, a graduate student from the University of Michigan School of Information. She is working with Adam Licht on a LawHelp Interactive usability project, which aims to uncover best practices and recommendations for making Pro Bono Net’s online legal document assembly service even more user-friendly.

We are very pleased to welcome Nick Baughan to our Board of Directors.   Nick is Managing Member at Marks Baughan & Co., a boutique investment bank with an extensive track record of advising market leading organizations in the legal technology industry.
 
On a more bittersweet note, we said goodbye this summer to senior programmer Brett Suwyn, who had worked at Pro Bono Net since 2005, and Sam Alpert, who had worked with us since 2010 through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. [You can read more about Sam’s work in our last newsletter. ]  Our NYC Civic Corps member, Klotilda Kepi, also moved on after completing her 10 months of service at Pro Bono Net.
Tony Lu, Liz Keith, Claudia Johnson & Jessica Stuart at EJC

As always, Pro Bono Net staff were well-represented at the Equal Justice Conference in May, with Liz Keith, Claudia Johnson, Tony Lu and Jessica Stuart attending.  They participated in panels focusing on pro bono in rural communities, the role of librarians in accessing legal information, and addressing limited English proficiency, among others.

Mark O’Brien was part of the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Summit in June, which gathered nearly 50 participants – including technology experts, academics, private practitioners, representatives of legal services programs, courts, and governmental and business entities – to explore the potential of technology to move the United States toward providing service of some form to all with a legal need.
 

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