Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) is celebrating its 40th year of providing free legal services to older residents of our county. The nonprofit organization expects to provide services to a record 1,200 clients this year with a small staff of in-house attorneys and a veritable army of dedicated volunteer attorneys. Under CCSLS’ supervision, these […]
“Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”
The eight organizations at the event offered a wide variety of opportunities for new attorneys who just passed the bar to more “seasoned” lawyers looking to mentor a young attorney or just spend a bit of time each month giving back to the community.
“Moot Court was one of the most enlightening and enriching experiences in my entire life. Although I felt extremely out-competed, I learned the basics of an appeals court and how to speak as an attorney, a possible career for myself in the future.”
The value of hard work, integrity, compassion, it can be used in any profession. Especially, as a lawyer, it’s about being a good person and dealing with people. That’s the most important part.
Why provide pro bono service? You will enjoy the variety of people you will meet, and you’ll sleep better at night. But still we ask “What’s in it for me?
It has been said that those who can, do. And those who can do more, volunteer. Tom Cain is a perfect example of this concept. Co-founder of the Lawyer in the Library program, Tom is also one of the dedicated attorneys who volunteers to work at the two monthly clinics, assisting pro per litigants in navigating the legal system.
As my year as President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association winds down, I find myself thinking about the many benefits I have received from the CCCBA since I joined the organization some eight years ago, when I first moved my practice to Contra Costa. Initially, I joined the Women’s Section and the Real […]
Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We asked a short question related to the Pro Bono theme and responses are published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. The following responses were sent in from members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. This year my office represented a woman from […]
Have you ever thought about what would have happened to your clients had they not had the money to pay you for your work? Where do you think they would be now?
If you are open to concepts of mediation and mindfulness, if you feel that your practice is inherently negative and stressful and you are looking for a way to change that, I think this book could give you a good start.
Judge Steven K. Austin was honored November 1, 2016 by the U.C. Hastings College of the Law as Contra Costa Alumnus of the Year at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. The reception included U.C. Hastings Acting Chancellor and Dean: David L. Faigman. CCCBA extends its enthusiastic congratulations to Judge Austin.
Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine: Bench/Bar Edition Download the e-version of the November magazine here (pdf) View the November issue online Visit the November archive TABLE OF CONTENTS Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, November issue, guest-edited by Stephen Nash: Features: How Did It Get Late So Soon?, by Hon. Steven K. Austin, Presiding Judge The Lucky One, by Hon. Jill […]