Pro bono manager Monica Fennell published a column in the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Judicial Division Record, titled “Celebrating Pro Bono in a Pandemic,” highlighting the ABA’s “National Celebrate Pro Bono Week,” October 25–31. The week brings attention to narrowing the justice gap and offers an opportunity to recognize the legal profession’s pro bono contributions.
Fennell noted the importance of encouraging lawyers to go above and beyond by volunteering their legal skills to help those in need and of honoring those lawyers who do, especially in challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Fittingly, she announced the theme of this year’s Pro Bono Week — “Rising to Meet the Challenge: Pro Bono Response to COVID-19.”
Fennell welcomed judges and lawyers to join the ABA in showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, our system of justice, our communities, and most of all, the clients they serve. She also provided several resources that judges, courts and lawyers can access for ideas on how to get involved.
Fennell volunteers as the ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference Chair and JD liaison to the Center for Pro Bono. In her role as pro bono manager at Faegre Drinker, Fennell leads the firm’s pro bono initiatives in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as selected firmwide initiatives, and develops and manages opportunities for lawyers to volunteer their unique professional skills to address the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged persons.