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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 4October 2012
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Several new staff members have joined Pro Bono Net in the past few months.  You can read more elsewhere in this newsletter about Adam Friedl, Pro Bono Coordinator; Xander Karsten, LawHelp Program Coordinator; Ahuva Shabtai, Project Manager/Business Analyst; and Mirenda Watkins, LawHelp Interactive Coordinator.

We are very excited to welcome a new board member, Karen Levy, Director of Global Technology at Debevoise.   “I look forward to working with Pro Bono Net in leveraging technology to further their mission of providing access to low cost, effective legal services,” she said in a recent press release.

Pro Bono Net Executive Director Mark O’Brien has been busy speaking at a number of recent events, including an Oct. 4 event marking the launch of the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer.gov site. On Oct. 1, Mark joined Eric Cohen of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Will Hornsby of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and Jennie Guilfoyle of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network for a panel at the 9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on "Serving Millions: Hot Topics in Legal Service Response."

We are very excited about our new webinar series, “Librarians and Access to Justice,” which has attracted hundreds of attendees eager to learn how librarians can use online resources to better educate and assist their patrons with legal needs.  The last webinar in the series, “Developing Legal Aid-Library Collaborations: Models and Replication Resources,” takes place Nov. 1.  Click to register or to see archived versions of the first three webinars.  In addition, summaries of the webinars can be found on our blog.

Also upcoming: Immigration Advocates Network’s first e-conference, a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts, from October 29 to November 2.  Topics will include deferred action, U-visas and asylum.  Learn more or register here.

Our training webinar series with LSNTAP continues on Oct. 24 with “Technology to Increase and Support Pro Bono,” timed to coincide with National Celebrate Pro Bono Week.  We’ll also be marking the week with a series of guest posts on the Pro Bono Net blog, Connecting Justice Communities – be sure to take a look!

Pro Bono Net staff, as usual, will be presenting at the Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Dec. 5-8 in Chicago, on topics including remote service delivery, library/legal aid partnerships and use of online forms to assist self-represented litigants.  Claudia Johnson will also be participating in Re-envisioning and Reinvigorating Research, a two-day workshop to be held in Chicago, Illinois on December 7-8, which will bring together scholars and practitioners from many perspectives to identify and explore access to civil justice research needs.

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