The Committee encourages and promotes access to legal representation and services by persons who are unable to access the legal system because of the lack or financial resources or other barriers beyond their control; promotes the establishment and efficient maintenance of programs which encourage and aid the furnishing of pro bono legal services by members of the Association; assists members and organizations who furnish legal services to low income and disadvantaged persons and to organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which cannot reasonably afford legal services; recognizes members who furnish pro bono legal services; and takes such other actions as will aid the Association and its members in their obligation to further pro bono legal services.
Jennifer Lyn Binkley, Committee Chair
Community Justice Inc
214 North Hamilton, Suite 101
Madison, WI 53703
204-9642 FAX: 204-9645
Ways to Help
Dear Dane County Attorneys:
In the summer, 2003 DCBA Newsletter, Attorney Jim Jaeger described a project the Dane County Delivery of Legal Services Committee has undertaken; to produce the booklet, "WAYS TO HELP," offering numerous opportunities for pro bono service as well as an election form for you to choose an agency with which you could become involved. Our Committee is trying to fashion an organized approach to meeting the demand for pro bono services and your participation is essential.
A variety of opportunities are available to you, and a few that you will see in the booklet are: helping with guardianships (Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups), helping develop policies and procedures (Community Coordinated Child Care), participating on a board of directors (Cornucopia), and direct representation in a variety of legal matters. There are many more opportunities in other areas as well.
We urge you to review the booklet and select an organization that you would like to become involved with. Please fill out the provided form, and fax it to 608-848-9266 or fill out the online form. The community needs your help.
If each of you would commit in the next year to take advantage of a pro bono opportunity, the need for services would go a long way towards being met. Thank you.
Very truly yours,
Dane County Delivery of Legal Services Committee
Worthy Causes Grants
The Dane County Bar Association annually makes funds available for distribution to projects
which have one of three purposes:
- Increasing the availability of legal services to low income individuals;
- Educating members of the public on their rights and responsibilities under the law; or
- Improving the legal resources available in Dane County to lawyers and the public.
Nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies providing services in Dane County areveligible to apply for funding.
DCBA Worthy Causes Grants are intended to be used to fund a specific project. They are notintended to be used for staffing, overhead or general operating expenses. Funding from theDCBA should be critical to the project for which funds are sought. Ideally, the project shouldeither be new or an expansion of an existing program. Nonetheless, the grant committee willalso entertain requests for funds that would sustain an existing program that might bediscontinued without additional funding. Please note that most successful grant applicants in thepast have been awarded between $500 and $2,000 in funding.
The grant committee will consider these additional factors:
- How the project will be staffed and supported; and
- The extent of funding available from other sources for the project.
Applicants should submit a proposed budget for the project, along with the specific amount requested from the DCBA. Applicants may not receive the full amount requested and should indicate whether they would be able to perform the project without the full amount requested. Grant recipients will be required to report on the status of the project.
The deadline for the Worthy Causes grant is usually mid February. To see information about past grant recipients please click here.
Any organization interested in applying for funding should contact Jennifer Binkley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-442-3003 to be included in future mailings regarding this grant opportunity.
Every year the DLSC recruits volunteers to provide free legal information at a Dane County Farmer’s Market day.
Atty. Theresa Owens, Atty. Jennifer Binkley of CJI , Atty. David Relles and
Judge Juan B. Colas (not pictured) volunteered their time with the Dane County Bar to
provide legal information at the MadisonFarmers' Market on October 22. It was a beautiful day!
Pro Bono Road Show
The DLSC organizes presentations at law firms and other venues to recruit new pro bono attorneys and provide information to those attorneys and firms interested in pro bono efforts. For more information in getting involved or having the Road Show make a stop at your firm please contact Jennifer Binkley.
Join the Committee
for more information contact Jennifer Binkley.
Pro Bono Breakfast
In celebration of Law Day the Dane County Bar Association is holding our annual Pro Bono Breakfast. The purpose of the Breakfast is to celebrate and honor attorneys, law students, law firms and organizations providing pro bono legal services in our community as well as to raise funds for the Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Trust Fund and Porchlight, a non-profit organization providing services to the homeless in Dane County. This year we are pleased to announce State Bar of Wisconsin President Elect Patrick Fiedler as our key note speaker. We are also pleased to be able to honor the following nominees for our awards:
- Lia Ocasio, University of Wisconsin Law Student
- Attorney Patricia Hammel
- Attorney Eric J. Hatchell
- Attorney Robert Jambois
- Attorney Margaret Maroney
- Attorney Brian Potts
- Foley & Lardner, LLP
To learn more about the breakfast and see this year's sponsors, please visit (page coming).
Low Cost and Free Legal Resources in Dane County
We maintain a comprehensive list of resources in Dane County on our Resources Page.
If you have resources you would like to add to this list please send the information to Jennifer Binkley