CILA recently launched a new webpage regarding creative models for pro bono engagement. On this new webpage, CILA will highlight expert pro bono tips, resources, and different pro bono programs to help showcase creative ideas to run pro bono programs. The webpage is intended for pro bono coordinators or other legal service provider roles that work with pro bono attorneys.
CILA is also launching a pro bono focused nationwide working group and listserv, Pro Bono Coordination for Child Immigration. The new working group will meet every quarter by video conference. Our first Working Group call will be held by Zoom video conference on August 25th at 12pm PT/2pm CT/3pm ET. The working group and listserv are open to anyone at a legal nonprofit organization, who is involved in the coordination of pro bono opportunities to help children facing deportation, whether full time or as part of your job. Please complete our Google Form to sign up for the new nationwide working group and listserv.
There is no one size fits all model to run a pro bono program. CILA seeks to showcase different ideas and models on CILA’s new webpage to help organizations build, operate, and expand their pro bono programs, depending on their clients’ needs and organizational needs and plans. CILA also believes the gold standard is appointing a free, specialized attorney to every child in this system; however, until that standard is realized, CILA recognizes many children need help from attorneys on a pro bono basis to fill this gap. We hope the new working group and listserv will serve as a space to collectively address the gap in legal services for children facing deportation and to troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas for pro bono programs.
The new webpage provides valuable insights and information regarding organizations’ pro bono programs nationwide that work with children and youth. On the webpage, you can find survey results from CILA’s Survey: Engaging Pro Bono Attorneys to Support Unaccompanied Children, which was conducted across the Vera network from November 2019 to January 2020. The survey covers information regarding how organizations are operating their pro bono programs, as well as ideas of what has worked for organizations in their experience.
Additionally, CILA highlights free CILA resources and trainings that can be incorporated into pro bono programs to train pro bono attorneys. CILA also had the opportunity to gain expert pro bono tips from Cheryl Zalenski, Counsel of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and Director for the ABA’s Center for Pro Bono. Check out this information on CILA’s webpage and stay tuned as CILA continues to develop information for the webpage.