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    October
    28
    2011

    Wisconsin attorneys highlight free legal assistance activities

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    CONTACT:
    Thomas Solberg
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (608) 250-6025
    (608) 630-0432 (cell)
    (800) 444-9404 ext. 6025
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    Wisconsin attorneys highlight free legal assistance activities

    October 28, 2011 — Thousands of Wisconsin residents who face foreclosure or other legal challenges find that the promise of equal justice can be out of reach because they can’t afford legal representation. To help fill this gap, Wisconsin attorneys offer a range of pro bono legal services, some of which are highlighted this week as part of the third annual "National Pro Bono Week Celebration."

    Pro bono refers to legal work that lawyers do without a fee or for a substantially reduced fee for those in need. This year, as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration in Wisconsin, lawyers and law schools are recognizing the volunteers who make a difference in meeting the legal needs of Wisconsin residents. Information about events in Wisconsin and around the country is available online. Examples of pro bono initiatives supported by State Bar of Wisconsin members include:

    Just Take Two is a voluntary pledge by Wisconsin lawyers to take at least two new pro bono matters for low-income individuals or for non-profit groups that primarily serve low-income communities in the next 12 months.

    The Modest Means Program assists people whose income is too high for free legal services, but too low to pay an attorney's standard rate. Volunteers agree to provide services at reduced cost to moderate income clients who have been pre-screened for eligibility.

    Through the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes program hundreds of volunteer attorneys have participated in clinics around the state where they prepare wills and other essential documents for eligible police, fire and other first responders.

    The State Bar supports the Military Pro Bono Project, which enables Judge Advocate General (JAG) offices worldwide to pre-screen civil legal matters for deployed service members that are then referred to participating attorneys.

    The State Bar also collaborates with organizations that provide legal assistance to homeowners, sponsor attorney training and provide start-up grants for new pro bono projects. These include the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce and the Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 24,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers. For more information, visit www.wisbar.org.

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