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CLSR Professors Speak at Pro Bono Panel

(Boston, Revised 11/13/10) New England Law | Boston: On Thursday, October 22, New England Law’s Career Services Office hosted a panel discussion entitled Pro Bono Work and Your Career.  Speakers included Gerry Cahill of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; solo-practioner Andrew Cornell '94; Maya Sethi of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, L.L.P.; Daniel McCabe of Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, P.C.; and CLSR Professors Dina Haynes and David Siegel.  Professor Russel Engler also shared information about New England’s Transcript Notation Program, which provides transcript recognition for students who perform volunteer legal work.
Panelists discussed how they initially became involved in pro bono work, how they have continued to incorporate it into their careers, and the personal and professional rewards they receive from the work.  Professor Dina Haynes highlighted the two very different types of pro bono that she has done—amicus briefs and asylum cases—and the gratification they provide.  Professor David Siegel discussed his transition from the Public Defender’s Office and his continued work and involvement with criminal defense.
Attorney Andrew Cornell recounted his work with victims of domestic violence and organizations that provide opportunities to attorneys to take on pro bono cases under the supervision of experienced attorneys.   Attorney Maya Sethi shared her experiences working on pro bono asylum cases at a larger law firm.  Daniel McCabe and Gerry Cahill also spoke about how students can get involved with pro bono work through the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section's Pro Bono Committee at the Boston Bar Association. 
For more information about pro bono and volunteer opportunities for students please contact CSO Pro Bono Coordinator Sarah Coffey or CLSR Fellow Adonia R. Simpson.  The CLSR blog also has useful information.


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