Pro bono work "is a sacred duty and critical for the maintenance of our democracy," says Philomena Kebec. Meet the Odanah lawyer who not only assists pro bono clients through Wisconsin Judicare, but finds time to help fellow members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Pro bono assistance “is part of what it means to be a member of the bar, to be a part of a profession that has as its chief goal the preservation of justice and the rights and liberties of the people of the state,” says Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly.
When access to justice is denied, it affects us personally, says Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard Sankovitz. He explains why access to justice matters for everyone and how lawyers can get involved in their own communities.
With fewer cases going to trial, it's harder than ever to get real trial experience. But by volunteering to accept pro bono appointments for prisoner cases, lawyers can get the experience they seek while doing good for society at large, says Judge William Griesbach.