Albany Law School created two of four training events provided by the American Bar Association (ABA) as part of the ABA’s National Pro Bono Celebration in October.
Interim Dean and President Connie Mayer provided a presentation on “Conflict of Interest Issues in Pro Bono Representation” that was available on the National Pro Bono Celebration website. She discussed traditional conflict-of-interest rules and how these rules can be relaxed under certain circumstances to give lawyers more flexibility in providing pro bono representation.
Albany Law School’s Oct. 25 event, "Serving Those Who Served Us: Key Legal Issues Facing Homeless Veterans and How Attorneys Can Help," was also broadcast live by the ABA. The presentation, delivered by prominent veterans’-rights advocate Katrina Eagle, is available on the National Pro Bono Celebration website.
These programs are intended to serve as training tools and points of reference for pro bono legal service providers nationwide. The Albany Law School Pro Bono Program is comprised of several initiatives through which more than 300 students help thousands of clients such as rural seniors and low-income tax payers each year.
Building on the success of the annual National Pro Bono Celebrations in 2009 and 2010, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsored Albany Law's celebration again this year. The Celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, and by showcasing the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.