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Pro Bono Newsletter, Winter 2013

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AILA's Pro Bono Newsletter Pro Bono Is a Part of Professionalism n AILA Practice and Professionalism Center YOUR PRO BONO RESOURCES: aila.org/ probono ? ! Mentor Directory by Ken Mayeaux F u AILA has released "The Truth About Notarios" both in English and Spanish to help protect those seeking representation from dishonest immigration consultants. A business plan is a written set of business goals, an analysis of the resources required, and a plan for achieving those goals. Think of your Pro Bono Business Plan as more than a written document. It Winter 2013 STOP NOTARIO FRAUD! Stop Notario Fraud Own the Dream AILA Month of Service How to Build a Pro Bono Business Plan or small firm and solo practitioners, doing pro bono work and having a profitable practice need not be conflicting goals. In fact, solo and small firm lawyers, who make up 63% of private practitioners, contribute more time and participate in greater numbers than any other group of lawyers. But keeping the goals of pro bono and profitability aligned requires planning. By following and adapting some basic business planning steps, you can ensure that fulfilling your commitment to do pro bono work is both emotionally and financially rewarding. American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org Newsletter Archive is an ongoing process that involves strategically thinking about (1) the connection between your pro bono goals and what activities are required to meet those goals; (2) the resources needed to meet those goals; and (3) how you will measure the success of your plan. Clarify Your Pro Bono Mission and Goals First, you need to clarify your pro bono mission or goals. For you and your practice, "pro bono" might include something other than direct representation. Many pro bono opportunities are not as open-ended and resourceheavy as direct representation. For starters, you could participate in group workshops for naturalization or short advice clinics through your local AILA Chapter or nonprofit organization. This will help keep your pro bono commitment manageable. As an alternative, consider mentoring younger attorneys in their pro bono work. This is a great way to pass on your passion for pro bono to the next generation of attorneys. Yet another option is providing legal services to charitable or civic organizations in matters addressing the needs of indigent persons. Developing educational materials for a local battered women's shelter or providing training to their staff regarding CONTINUED on pg.3 >> Group workshops and advice clinics are great ways to keep your pro bono commitments manageable. u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Spotlight on Angela Adams 2 Take the Pro Bono Pledge! 4 Ohio Chapter Celebrates Pro Bono Week 5 Voices of Pro Bono 6 www.aila.org 1

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