Recently, I wrote about the launch of the National Pro Bono Celebration this fall. This week is one important part of that recognition.

Organizers at the American Bar Association have set the bar high this year: They would like to encourage a nationwide conversation on pro bono and ask questions about best practices, sustainability and even more.

Law bloggers play an important role in that conversation. And that’s why I was so pleased to see my colleague Ashley Kasarjian at Snell & Wilmer write on the topic today. Her daily work is in employment law (and her blog was recognized recently as best-in-the-nation in that category). But she took some time to share her thoughts on pro bono. And you can do the same.

In case you missed it, I have an article in the October Arizona Attorney Magazine that looks at a unique approach to pro bono: offering legal services overseas. What you find is that such a practice is pretty rewarding.

Here’s my opening:

Many things come to mind when the phrase “pro bono” is spoken. Lawyers provide free legal services in courtrooms, businesses, law offices, homes and even television studios, when they respond to caller questions.

“But some attorneys find their calling farther afield—though few think of Guyana as a typical site for pro bono services.

“And yet that is exactly where Phoenix lawyer Mark Nadeau found himself, as he participated in a global effort by his firm.”

To read the whole story, click here.

And feel free to contribute to the conversation yourself, whether you blog or not. More information is here.

I’m looking for an Arizona pro bono story—or maybe a few.

During October, many people across the country will pause to think about—legal representation. More specifically, pro bono representation.

As the ABA says:

“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.”

Through the wonders of the Internet and something called, I’ve made a commitment to write an online story in that week on the topic of pro bono.

In fact, it would be great to tell a few pro bono stories that week. After all, Arizona has great pro bono stories to tell—doesn’t it?

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