Make a Difference

How big a difference does taking ONE case and helping someone out make? Read the following opinions:

Hon. Charles J. Hoskin, Presiding Judge, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. E

“Giving a competent legal voice to someone who could not otherwise afford your skills and expertise benefits not only your client, but the entire process of justice. The judiciary truly appreciates the sacrifices you make to serve your pro bono clients.”

Hon. Frank P. Sullivan, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. O:

“A young lady and her siblings came into foster care due to neglect. The young lady was undocumented, but had been living in the U. S. for several years. Through the untiring efforts of her pro bono attorney, she was able to obtain legal status to remain in the U.S. which allowed her to graduate from high school, with honors. Upon aging out of the foster care system, and with the unrelenting support of her pro bono lawyer, this young lady has been able to pursue a college degree in psychology where she wants to specialize in behavioral modification. This case undeniably demonstrates the important role that a pro bono attorney plays in forever changing the life of a client!”

Hon. Cynthia Giuliani, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. K:

“Pro Bono service allows children’s voices to be heard in the legal system.”

Hon. William Potter, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. M:

“To quote Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, ‘A man’s got to know his limitations.’ Knowing my limitation to inspire on such an important topic I would like to “stand on the shoulders of giants” and share a few inspirational thoughts on our duties and obligations as attorneys.

Paul the prolific writer and disciple of the New Testament taught the Corinthians, ‘…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.’ As attorneys we all have knowledge, and we have all experienced the puffing of our egos when that knowledge has served us. It is like a sugar rush, satisfying but fleeting. The edification of the spirit that comes from charitable pro bono is a measure of sustenance that will long outlast those little puffs of ego boost from knowledge alone.

Shakespeare gave us this advice in Measure for Measure, ‘Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we might oft win, By fearing to attempt.’ The context of that advice, while being a little freely applied here, was directed to the sister of a condemned man, to make efforts to save her brother. How many of us simply don’t take a case because of our own self-doubt.

It is my belief that as citizens we owe a duty to our community to provide pro bono services; and that as attorneys, we have that same obligation to our profession and craft.”

Hon. Rena Hughes, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. J

“No good deed goes unpunished…unless you are a pro bono attorney!”

Hon. Bill Henderson, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. R:

“There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a person gets depends on the amount of money he or she has.”

Hon. Bryce C. Duckworth, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. Q

“Apart from the obvious direct benefit to a litigant, pro bono service benefits both the bench and the bar. The attitude of giving (of your time and talents) is universally uplifting and enhances the administration of justice. When we share our talents with those in need, we all benefit.”

Honorable Lisa M. Brown, 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. T

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drive…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Hon. Sandra L. Pomrenze, 8th Judicial District, Family Division, Dept. P

“Think of all those angels who helped you along the way. Now you can pay it forward.”