York County Bar Association
 
Committee-Pro Bono

            Pro Bono Committee

 

The mission of the Pro Bono Committee is to encourage the attorneys of the York County Bar Association to participate in the Pro Bono activities.  That means both taking cases for those who need attorneys as well as paying the $250 annual opt out fee, the funds going directly to MidPenn Legal Services operation of the York Office.

 

            Over 51% of the members of the York County Bar Association participate in some way in the York County Pro Bono Program.

 

When it is taken into consideration that certain attorneys are unable to participate in the Pro Bono Program (Judges, Assistant DAs and etc. ) the participation level exceeds 51% of the members of  the York County Bar Association.

 

Clinics are conducted under the Committee's supervision to help people handling their own Custody and Divorce matters.

 

The Committee also sponsors educational seminars through the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) to educate and encourage more attorneys to get involved in Pro Bono Immigration issues.  The York County Pro Bono Committee has appropriately coordinated its activity through Mid Penn Legal Services and PIRC to make sure that as many of the legal needs of York County’s poor can be met as are possible.

2009 Pro Bono Committee

Larry Young-Chair

Angela Eveler

Ann Marie McElwee

Bill Gierasch

Brooks Pomper

Craig Sharnetzka

James Logue

Patrick Cicero

Susan Emmons

Tom Kearney

Will Kirkpatrick

PRO BONO COMMITTEE

 

2008 YEAR END REPORT

 

PRO BONO COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

 

Lawrence V. Young, Chair

William Gierasch, Jr.                                         Tom Kearney

Brooks Pomper                                                Susan Emmons

Ann Marie McElwee                                        Craig Sharnetzka

William Kirkpatrick                                          Angela Eveler

Paula Silverstein                                                Cindy Van Laeys

 

I.                    2008 Committee Goals

 

To continue encouraging the attorneys of the York County Bar Association to participate in the Pro Bono activities.  That means both taking cases for those who need an attorney, as well as paying the $250 Annual Opt-Out fee, the funds going directly to MidPenn Legal Services operation of the York Office.  We have also continued to expand the ways in which attorneys can participate in Pro Bono.  In working with the Domestic Relations Section of the York County Bar Association, we have revived holding Pro Se Custody clinics and Pro Se Divorce clinics.  We are also working with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) to encourage Pro Bono participation by taking an immigration case.

 

II.         Project Status Report

 

The Committee is pleased to report that over 50% of the members of the York County Bar Association participate in some way in the York County Pro Bono Program.

           

We have also expanded the ability for Public Defenders and Assistant District Attorneys to participate in the Opt-Out Program by reducing the Opt-Out Fee of Pro Bono participation to 50% of the normal rate.

 

III.       Recommendation for 2008.

 

This Committee sees its work as perpetual.  The Pro Bono needs of the poor in York County must continue to be a mission of the York County Bar Association and Foundation.

IV.       Other Suggestions and Comments: 

 

For anybody who is not involved, I encourage signing up to take a case or signing up to pay the $250 Annual Opt-Out fee.

 

 





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